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Why oh why is my bathroom so dusty?

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poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 11:27:26

I'm suspicious that it's from the loo roll but everybody else has a nice dust free bathroom. Maybe they dust every day.

I mean every nook and cranny, the plants, the bottles, the bath toys, the window sill, the tiles, all of it's covered in a thick layer of dust. I could dust and Hoover the entire room daily and it just comes back. I have pets but they don't come upstairs (the cat does but he's the least dusty) and otherwise I have no idea. Do I just need to exfoliate more? blush

Any suggestions that don't involved crawling around with a damp cloth daily are welcomed.

dizzy77 Fri 26-Apr-13 11:29:42

Watching with interest. I also blame toilet roll. Recently refitted (partly to minimise dust collecting crannies eg no skirting, pipes are now boxed in etc) and find the new towels also shed quite a bit despite 6+ weeks of washing.

Littlemissexpecting Fri 26-Apr-13 11:34:58

Watching with interest. Another with dusty bathrooms

poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 11:36:43

My towels are ancient grin

I'm blaming DH because in his wisdom he put the toilet roll holder on upright, apparently to reduce the likelihood of small children/the cat unrolling it all. Perhaps more dust is released due to the angle of the tearing. Or something.

oohaveabanana Fri 26-Apr-13 11:37:01

I always think bathroom dust is somehow different to general room dust - something distinctive about the texture. I reckon it's a high proportion of flecks of loo paper & skin cells
<not sure I'm helping>

poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 11:38:41

It is fluffier than average dust, no doubt about it.

I so need a cleaner who worries about this stuff on my behalf.

Pootles2010 Fri 26-Apr-13 11:38:58

I think its just dead skin. Everyone has loo roll so can't be that, if you dry yourself quite vigourously in bathroom then you're exfoliating, the towel rubs all the dead skin cell off <vom> and they end up as dust.

Maybe exfoliate in the shower? It might be your other half who's being all flaky possibly?

quoteunquote Fri 26-Apr-13 11:39:18

It's just lack of soft furnishings to cling onto the dust.

PigletJohn Fri 26-Apr-13 11:39:47

Grey dust? exfoliated skin.

Have you got an extractor fan? The amount of dust it sucks out is tremendous, and you will notice the thickest layer is on and around the fan.

You might try giving your towel a shake over the bath before hanging it up, then dust, hair and towel fluff are easily rinsed away.

dizzy77 Fri 26-Apr-13 11:40:25

Yes I choose to pretend skin cells have nothing to do with it. I also wonder if the general dampness in the air means the dust "swells" and becomes more adhesive (I am giving this way more thought than I ever have before you know).

Conventionally positioned toilet roll here. And it's entirely possible the old towels shed too, I just didn't notice as the rest of the room was so mingling.

poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 11:41:32

Hmm. I tend to wrap myself in a towel and just air myself off rather than rubbing vigorously. I shall be more cautious in future though, every little helps.

DH is likely to be responsible though, I agree. He says it himself "everything's my fault".

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 26-Apr-13 11:41:38

Maybe deoderant or talc?
It all sticks to the skirting boards, despite washing them every week.

poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 11:42:20

Away to Hoover the extractor!

dizzy77 Fri 26-Apr-13 11:42:33

Ah cross post. Will try the towel shaking thing. And start rubbing myself down again with one of those shower flower things.

Startail Fri 26-Apr-13 11:45:25

Our bathroom is tiny, people grab towels and get dry in their rooms. Likewise DDs spray apply deodorant, brush their hair and do make up in their rooms, but the bathroom is still covered in fluffy dust!!!!!

Littlemissexpecting Fri 26-Apr-13 11:54:23

I like the idea of blaming the extractor fan!

RawCoconutMacaroon Fri 26-Apr-13 12:06:20

One of our shower rooms has an extractor fan directly above the loo, and every time the wind blows in a particular direction the loo is covered in dust and little bits of stuff... Looks like I haven't dusted in a month. I do Hoover the vent occasionally but it makes no difference as the stuff is blowing in from outside.

poachedeggs Fri 26-Apr-13 12:11:48

Right, I've taken the extractor apart as best I can, it's still foul but better.

I will report back with findings (if are any of significance).

PigletJohn Fri 26-Apr-13 12:13:37


get your ladder out

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 26-Apr-13 12:15:10

I reckon it's a mix of all of the above. Dust from loo roll, a bit extra skin, crap coming in the open window or extractor; but mostly it's the lack of soft furnishings and the way that the hard, shiny surfaces cling on to dust that make it more visible. Also, lighting tends to be bright, colours tend to be light, so you see it more.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Apr-13 12:17:01

When I redecorated our bathroom about 6 months ago I bought some new deep red coloured towels.

They are still shedding loads of fluff as all the surfaces quickly have a layer of reddy pink fluff that builds up.

What with that and the fluff they leave behind in the tumble drier I'm surprised there's anything left of them.

In towels regenerate? hmm

RawCoconutMacaroon Fri 26-Apr-13 12:47:17

Piglet, one of those might solve the problem!

redwellybluewelly Sat 27-Apr-13 21:41:38

We've no extractor fan in our bathroom (doesn't seem to need it) and we dry off in our rooms due to space and warmth issues but our bathroom has seriously less dust in it than bathrooms in our last house which were big enough to dry off in and also had an extractor fan.

Like it a lot!

PigletJohn Sat 27-Apr-13 22:33:46

perhaps because you towel off the skin in bedrooms.

Dust mites will gobble it up gratefully.

EarthtoMajorTom Mon 29-Apr-13 19:47:01

Towel problem here too. Navy towels = blue fluff and dust.

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