Tired of dusting your closet? Avoid this unpleasant task through proper closet design. These dust-free closet tips make cleaning and maintenance a lot easier by minimizing dust collection in the closet in the first place. Your clothes will stay fresher and you’ll sneeze less. That means more leisure time and a healthier lifestyle with less cleaning!

Learn how to minimize the dust in your closet with these tips.

Ever notice how closets and bathrooms seem to be the dustiest rooms in the house? There’s a reason for this. They may not be used very often each day. But the type of use these areas receive creates dust. And the relatively small size of closets with limited air circulation exacerbates the problem.

Understand what is dust made of.

According to research from Chemical and Engineering News, 80% of the dust in a home is made up of dead skin cells that have sloughed off your body. The rest is a combination of dust mites and their excrement, clothing fibers, pollen, and bacteria. Yuck! Certainly not my home, right?

Think of Pig-Pen from the old Peanuts cartoons by Charles M. Schulz.

Pig-Pen character from the Peanuts cartoon surrounded by dust.
Pig-Pen is a favorite character from the old Peanuts cartoons. Although extremely amiable, he is forever dirty and surrounded by clouds of dust that follow him everywhere he goes. Image from Wikipedia.

Unfortunately, even the cleanest among us create dust. We are all kind of like Pig-Pen. That’s because particles of our skin and hair continuously shed throughout the day. In fact, that is what bloodhounds or other search and rescue dogs are following when they pick up your “scent.” We create our own unique dust as part of a healthy rejuvenation process for our bodies. It can be completely avoided, but we can still reduce this dust from piling up in our homes.

And then there are the dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic spider-like creatures that live in our homes and on our clothing. They eat dead skin cells. Thus the attraction to us. After they eat, they poop, like any other animal, adding to our “dust.” To make things worse, many people are allergic to this dust mite doo-doo. In fact, this is one of the major allergens in dust that make us sneeze.

Reduce the dust generated by your body with a daily shower.

We’d all like to be rid of these dust mites. But how do we do it? Showering and washing your hair every day will help. It makes all those dead skin cells and hair particles go down the drain where the dust mites can’t get them. Scrubbing with a washcloth or loofah will get more of it off your body.

Shower away your dust
Be sure to wash all the dead skin cells and loose hair from your body if you want less dust in your home.

Get rid of your carpeting in the closet.

Carpeting holds a lot of dust. One of the quickest steps you can take towards a dust-free closet is to replace your carpeting with hard surface floorings like wood or tile. You will be amazed at the difference this makes. Plus, dust mites love to live in carpeting. Get rid of their home and you get rid of the insects, their allergen, their food stores. Your closet will be cleaner and happier.

Capet removal helps get rid of embedded dust.
Carpeting holds a lot of dust that can get into the air inside the home. Consider removing the carpeting from the inside of your closet to keep dust down and make it easier to clean.

Let in fresh air to help maintain a dust-free closet.

Have you ever noticed how dust bunnies tend to accumulate in corners and under furniture? This is because these “dead” areas don’t receive any airflow. Good air circulation prevents dust accumulation. If you have a window in your closet, open it. If you have a ceiling fan, use it. Unfortunately, many closets don’t have either of these features. But you can still increase airflow throughout the bedroom by opening windows and using fans. And what benefits the bedroom also benefits the bedroom closet.

Open the windows to help with airflow and a dust-free closet.
If your closet has a window, use it. Open up the window and let the fresh air in. Air circulation helps reduce dust accumulation.

Use cabinet doors over your closet sections for dust-free storage.

Just like kitchen cabinets can help keep the dust and grease from cooking off your dishes, cabinet doors in the closet can keep dust and even germs off your clothing. Cabinet doors work well to cover hanging and shelving sections in walk-in closets or wardrobe style reach-in closets. This is especially important for clothing and accessories that aren’t worn every day as dust tends to accumulate on these items. In fact, a cabinet door works better than plastic garment bags to protect the clothes from dust because they allow the fabric to continue to breathe even while covered. Just make sure to design the hanging areas of your closet with 20-inch vertical panels so that there is enough room for the cabinet door. The goal is to be able to close the cabinet door when a clothes hanger is in place.

Closet with cabinet doors to keep the dust off clothing.
These cabinet doors cover hanging sections in a large walk-in closet. Glass doors were used so that you can still see inside and view the dresses and handbags at a glance. The hanging sections are all 20-inches deep so that the hangers can swing freely when the doors are closed. using cabinet doors to cover these items cuts down on dust and maintenance. It also helps the clothes to last longer in a dust-free closet environment.

Wash your clothes frequently to prevent dust in the closet.

Dead skin cells settle in our clothing while we are wearing it throughout the day. After you’ve taken the trouble to remove the carpeting and cover your closet sections with doors, don’t let the dust from worn clothes spoil your efforts. Clean clothes don’t just mean a lack of visible dirt. A garment that is truly clean has no skin cells, hair particles, and dust mites in the clothing. So don’t put your clothes away dirty, even if you don’t think they smell. Always wash them or send them out to the cleaners before you put them away.

Wash clothes to keep dust down.
Wash your clothes before hanging them in your closet to keep everything clean and fresh while reducing the amount of dust embedded in the cloth.

Use an air cleaner to reduce dust.

If all else fails, a HEPA air cleaner can reduce the amount of dust in your closet. As long as you’re buying one, make sure it is rated to remove both dust and viruses like COVID 19. After all, you may as well get your money’s worth. They come in different sizes and you probably don’t need a very big one if it’s just for the closet. A larger one could handle the whole bedroom, but you’ll need to make sure you also set up some fans and have good air circulation to all corners or it will never reach your closet. Keep your windows closed while the air cleaner is running.

Walk-in closet with air cleaner to remove dust.
This closet has an electrostatic air cleaner sitting on the island to help remove dust and other contaminants. You

Take the dust-free closet challenge.

Building a closet with the right flooring, cabinet doors, air circulation, and other features will lessen the amount of dust in your home and closet. But you’ll still need to sweep and vacuum periodically if your storage areas are to truly remain dust-free. However, these dust-free closet tips will definitely lower the amount of cleaning that needs to be done. This saves time and makes maintenance easier. If you’ve tried any of these tips, let us know about your results. Just leave your comments in the reply box below. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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2 Replies to “Dust-Free Closet Tips”

  1. while it is very true that we slough skin cells from our bodies every day and dust mites love us, the dust that accumulates in some closets isn’t ‘mostly’ due from us. my closet for example contains no shoes, (dirty shoes belong near a homes entrance not in bedroom with all your clean things), yet i notice often on shoulders of hanging garments a layer of dust. my closet has a vent so its from hvac unit. i also disagree with removing any carpeting. if u have bare floors and a vent in your closet, the dust will just fly around every time u open the door. with carpeting it gets somewhat ‘stuck’ to the surface of carpet fibers so there’s less flying around which is important for ppl with severe allergies. of course the vacuuming would have to be thorough and frequent.

    1. Everyone is entitled an opinion. But did you ever consider what all that dust coming from your HVAC really is? Check it out. I think you’ll be surprised as to how much of it contains your own skin cells and those of family members and pets.

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