my kind of cleaning, oh yeah

July 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Posted in CLEANING | Leave a comment
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I found some really interesting information that supports the idea that having (LIVE, not plastic folks) houseplants is good for you in more ways that just adding the color green…

Kitchen Window (1) (Here’s the view from the outside of my kitchen window…)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, but the air inside may actually be more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air pollution can cause serious health problems, but there is something you can do to protect your family: fill your house with plants! Not only are they beautiful, but plants act as natural filters, absorbing many hazardous chemicals and particles from the air you breathe.

Plants are the lungs of the earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture to the air, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere. In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of these poisonous chemicals can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material, which are then often trapped by closed ventilation systems, leading to the host of respiratory and allergic reactions

The NASA researchers suggest that for the test plants to be effective “air cleaners” it is necessary to use 1 potted plant per 100 square feet of home or office space

Bill Wolverton, a former NASA environmental scientist who has spent over 30 years studying how plants purify air, says that indoor plants can actually work as household air filters. He’s even created something that could come to market this autumn.

“Every chemical we tested, plants could take them out,” says Wolverton. He originally worked on life support systems for the moon and Mars, so it sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. Plus, it’s fairly obvious how his concept works: plants absorb and convert airborne poisons to energy and food. At the roots, ever-adapting microbes munch on toxicants

For less than the price of one doctor visit for a sore throat, house plants can clean the air in your home and make it safer for you to breathe

A list of pet friendly plants can be found at:


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