Spring cleaning season is here and those dust bunnies might be causing more harm than you think.
According to a new study presented at an Annual Science Conference Monday, household dust may contribute to weight gain.
Researchers from Duke University tested dust samples under a petri dish. Finding two-thirds of the extracts were able to promote fat cell growth.
The report shows the clumps of dirt may contain chemicals that interfere with how our bodies store and process fat.
Scientists say dusting with a wet rag is a good way to reduce exposure to these chemicals.
Experts also recommend removing your shoes indoors and vacuuming with a HEPA filter regularly.