Had a great time on Ebru Today talking about how to detox our homes as we prepare to seal ourselves in for the colder months. I focused primarily on cleaning products because I think so many folks don’t realize just how toxic they can be and how important it is for us to try to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals, especially when our homes are closed up during the colder season. AND it’s not just about us. Many of the chemicals found in common household cleaning products get into the eco-system and are known to be endocrine inhibitors or disruptors to many species . . . not good . . .
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Happy Houseplants Can Help Too!
NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants extensively back in the 80′s as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
They were trying to get rid of or reduce the three most common toxic chemicals found in building materials, cleaning products, adhesives, and varnishes. So, they narrowed it down to these top offenders: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
They found that spider plants worked well for filtering formaldehyde and Aloe vera (great not only great for minor cuts and wounds) helps clear formaldehyde and benzene! This was good news for this green diva, because while I’m great with plants outside, I suck at houseplants for some reason. Most of the plants they listed are common varieties and not too hard to keep alive! The plant in the image is indeed one of mine and it’s been happily transplanted since we moved into the new house. It was a baby from my brother, who is the houseplant MAN.
Other plants listed as good for cleansing indoor air are heartleaf philodendron, elephant ear philodendron, cornstalk dracaena, and english ivy. And here’s a link to an article I found that has a more thorough list of good air-cleaning houseplants towards the bottom of the page.
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