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Plants and Indoor Air Quality
Over 26 different kinds of plants can clean air
Sure, that potted fern is pretty, but can it really help with the air quality in your home?
Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases through pores on the surface of their leaves. It's this skill that facilitates photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to fuel growth. Indoor plants help with removing harmful compounds from the air.
Scientists studying the air-purification capacities of indoor plants have found that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner) are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate. These VOCs and other indoor air pollutants (such as ozone) have been linked to numerous acute conditions, including asthma and nausea, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.
An indoor plant's ability to remove these harmful compounds from the air is an example of phytoremediation, which is the use of any plant — indoors or out — to mitigate pollution in air, soil or water.
Some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies.
Clean Air is important when it comes to your home and since winter is still keeping everyone indoors, clean indoor air is a must.
How to beat Snow Day boredom
Got the Snow Day blues?
The groundhog predicted and early Spring, but I am pretty sure he was lying. Winter is still in full swing and that means snow, snow and more snow! Not to mention slippery roads with people who don’t know how to drive and snow days for your kids.
As a parent, I know how inconvenient it can be to have your child’s school be cancelled. It’s all about their safety though so we can’t get that upset. To be honest, keeping your children busy all day is the hardest part. Boredom always sets in and then the whining starts along with cabin fever.
Fear not! I have a list of some great ideas to help beat boredom and keep you from disliking snow (and snow days) even more.
Check it out here
36 Snow Day Activities and Ideas for Your Kids
Don’t have kids, but still have a snow day? I didn’t forget about you. Check out the link for ideas to have the best “Adult” snow day.
15 Ways to have a Grown-Up Snow Day
Always remember to stay safe, keep warm and only drive if you have to. Most importantly enjoy yourself because winter isn't going anywhere for a while.
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