Placing living plants around our homes and offices makes for a great way to decorate, but they are also good for the atmosphere because they work against indoor air pollution.
Houseplants In an average home or office, common airborne chemicals include formaldehyde (found in nearly all indoor areas), benzene (from inks, oils, detergents and dyes), trichloroethylene (used in dry cleaning and printing inks), and carbon monoxide (found in cigarette smoke). Of course, even in small amounts, these can cause a variety of health issues, from headaches and drowsiness, all the way to lung cancer and liver problems.
A variety of houseplants have been proven to remove these harmful chemicals from the air. The spider plant, philodren, and golden pothos are the most effective in getting rid of formaldehyde. Gerbera daisies and the chrysanthemum are the best at removing benzene. A peace lily or a chrysanthemum can remove quite a bit of trichloroethylene. All of the mentioned plants will remove low levels of carbon monoxide.
Some other plants effective in cleaning the air include, English ivy, Chinese evergreen, bamboo palm, snake plant, and marginata.
Generally speaking, one large plant per 100 square feet will sufficiently clean the air in an average office or home. If an area is heavily polluted, it would take several plants to make the air cleaner.
A majority of these houseplants will grow under florescent lighting or moderate to indirect sunlight. To avoid spider mites, mist them often and avoid hot, dry air. Consider sitting the pots in trays of pebbles and water to provide moister around the plant. However, don’t overwater the plant, as it is the most common form of plant death.
Growing a plant in your home or office can prove to be a fun project, resulting in a well-decorated area and cleaner air to boot.
Tips For Maintaining A Clean Refrigerator
It may not be number one on your list for cleaning and organizing, but properly maintaining your refrigerator will help it last many years.
For starters, make it a habit to clean the fridge with a solution of water and baking soda, even if it doesn’t look dirty. Doing this on a regular basis will prevent food odors from lingering in the fridge.
Clean refrigerator Go ahead and vacuum underneath the fridge and the back of it, too. Remove and clean the front grill. If the water pan is full, empty it. If it’s already empty, just clean it before placing it back in its spot. If your fridge has filtered water and ice, change the water filter according to the maintenance schedule in the manufacturer’s manual.
Do a simple test to check your refrigerator door gasket. Place several sheets of paper in the door at different locations, closing it. When you try to pull out the paper, feeling some resistance means the gasket is good. Otherwise, it should be replaced.
When organizing your fridge, use the vegetable box for vegetables; the rack above it can store fruits; use the rack above that for jams, jellies and condiments; The rack that is easiest to get to should be saved for leftovers. Use the door to store eggs, cheese, candy, and any other lightweight item. Only put things in their spot. If there is no more room, it’s time to declutter.
When placing food inside your fridge, make sure it is wrapped or sealed in a container. This will prevent the fridge from absorbing any odors from fresh or even spoiled food.
Store vegetables in the boxes provided in your fridge. Fruit can be stored anywhere, it is smart to utilize cotton bags over plastic ones as the food will keep longer.
When storing leftovers, eat from the containers you put them in. This will save you lots of time, as you won’t have to declutter or wash extra dishes. If any of the leftovers go bad, it can just be thrown away instead of having to clean out a gross container.