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Clean House to Improve Your Health

Gardening tools and houseplants – still life

You probably already know that a clean house makes a healthy home. But did you know that the plants you choose to purchase can also contribute to the well-being of everyone in your abode? According to a study conducted in the late 1908’s by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air! This is particularly important if anyone in your home suffers from airborne allergies or asthma.

The houseplant study was conducted by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, Anne Johnson, and Keith Bounds in 1989 with the intention of uncovering ways to purify indoor air qualities for extended stays in orbiting space stations. Among other things, their research revealed that newer homes and buildings, designed for energy efficiency, are often tightly sealed in order to avoid energy loss from heating and air conditioning systems. What’s more, synthetic building materials used in modern construction can actually produce potential pollutants that remain trapped in these unventilated buildings.

Ignored, this scenario traps pollutants which lead to what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls Sick Building Syndrome. Since most modern homes and offices are virtually sealed off from outdoors, this study is just as important now as when it was first published.

As you probably learned in fourth grade science, plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis. Many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air; so houseplants are perfect partners for cleaning the atmosphere inside your home.

While NASA found that 15 particular plants are better than others at absorbing pollutants, all living plants have properties that are useful in improving overall indoor air quality. So the varieties you select should be based on personal preference, budget and level of required maintenance.

Houseplants with superior air-cleaning properties:  

  1. Heartleaf Philodendron
  2. Elephant Ear Philodendron
  3. Cornstalk Dracaena
  4. English Ivy
  5. Spider Plant
  6. Janet Craig Dracaena
  7. Warneck Dracaena
  8. Weeping Fig
  9. Golden Pothos
  10. Peace Lily
  11. Selloum Philodendron
  12. Chinese Evergreen
  13. Bamboo or Reed Palm
  14. Snake Plant
  15. Red-edged Dracaena

No matter the size of your home, plants should be grown in sick-inch containers or larger. For a home that has less than 2,000 square feet, use at least 15 houseplants to significantly improve air quality. So, if you like, head to the nursery with this list in hand and purchase one of each! Not only will the foliage keep the air in your home clean, but houseplants are decorative and, some contend, the living energy can affect change physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Also important for your family’s health and welfare is to keep your house cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Staying on top of daily housecleaning chores and weekly deep-cleaning procedures removes germs and ensures inhabitants are safe from airborne pollutants as well as harmful bacteria which live on surfaces such as countertops, sinks, desks, tables, chairs, beds and floors.

Do you need help keeping your home germ-free? Call My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency. We would love to help get realize your housecleaning-related resolutions. The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices.

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