Archive for March, 2015

Keep Your Indoor Air Clean with House Plants

Posted on March 31, 2015. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: , |

Modern, well-insulated homes are energy efficient but they also can concentrate indoor air pollutants. Chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia can come from household furnishings and cleaners and pollute your home’s atmosphere.

closeup of a Zantedeschia aethiopica or Lily of the Nile

During the late 1980’s, NASA began studying houseplants as a way to purity the recycled air in space stations. They found that many commonly available house plants filter out certain harmful air pollutants and significantly improve indoor air quality. For those of us without green thumbs, here are the top five easiest houseplants plants to use:

  1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The Peace Lily is not only beautiful but also helps to reduce mold spores. In bathrooms, the Peace Lily can help to keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew and the plant can absorb harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone. This plant does well in moderate to low light but does not like to dry out.

  1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

This easy to grow hanging plant can remove up to 90 percent of the mold and other allergens typically found in homes. It also helps to absorb small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.  Start new plants by cutting off and planting the “babies” that sprout from the parent plant.

  1. Dracaena (Dracaena Deremensis)

The long striped leaves of this plant can easily thrive with only small amounts of sunlight and moderate watering. It’s an excellent way to eliminate trichloroethylene that comes from solvents and varnishes. A single plant can grow over ten feet tall, but pruning will keep it short if you prefer.

  1. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

The lovely and extremely hard-to-kill hanging plant is one of the most effective choices for eliminating carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It does well in bright indirect light as well as low light.

  1. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’)

This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and removes more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.

While these are considered to be some of the most care-free houseplants, there are many other varieties to choose from. Enhance your home’s air quality (and visual appeal too) with plants and you’ll be breathing easier!

 

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6 Tips for a Clean Bathroom – Fast!

Posted on March 26, 2015. Filed under: Bathroom Cleaning Tips | Tags: , |

The bathroom. The home of messy spills, dried  on toothpaste, scum attracting showers, the pernicious boy bathroom smell and much more. It’s also the room your visitors are likely to spend the most time inspecting. (Did you know 40% of people admit to snooping in medicine cabinets?)

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Here are a few ideas for not only getting your bathroom clean quickly, but also keeping it that way.

  1. Keep your Counters Clear
    Soap-scum, toothpaste goop and all matters of gunk can accumulate in nooks and crannies in the bathroom. The way to get around this is to prevent it in the first place by keeping your counter tops clear. Cleaning is a lot quicker if you do not have to move items around in order to clean.
  2. Do a Daily Wipe Down
    As you finish your shower, get in the habit of giving every surface a quick wipe down. It takes less than a minute and leaves your bathroom cleaner over the long term.
  3. Collect your Supplies
    One of the biggest time wasters is having to search for items when it is time to clean. Save yourself the trouble by collecting all of your bathroom cleaning supplies and tools before you get started.
  4. Work from Top to Bottom, Corner to Corner
    Eliminate the need to backtrack to clean an area more than once by working from top to bottom.
  5. Spray the Tough Areas
    If possible, spray the areas that need a little bit of  “elbow grease” first. As you work in other areas, you will give the cleaning products time to work on stains. Read the instructions to make sure you don’t let the products “sit” beyond the recommended time.
  6. The Quickest Route to a Clean Bathroom
    Last but not least – the quickest way to get your bathroom clean is to hire a professional Atlanta maid service.  A professional service has the expertise, tools and equipment to get all of the nooks, crevices and crannies cleaned. Having a service come in two or three times a month keeps the mess at bay.Here are some reviews from our long-term customers.

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How to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed

Posted on March 6, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Clearing Clutter | Tags: , |

It is very difficult to declutter when you’re overwhelmed. You wonder where to start, how to handle the excess stuff, whether you want to keep something “just in case.”

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Fortunately, there’s help.  In this zen habits article, Leo Babauta explains how decluttering your home starts with just 10 minutes a day.

Once you’ve set aside 10 minutes a day to declutter, here are the 5 steps you need to take.

  1. Create space in your schedule – decide when you’ll spend 10 minutes decluttering.
  2. Pick a spot. It can be the entryway, junk drawer, or closet floor. Where you start doesn’t matter, picking one spot does.
  3. Pile it up. Clear the space and make a pile of everything in it.
  4. Decide on one thing at a time. Make quick decisions and keep moving.
  5. Create a home for each item you decide to keep.

For the entire article on the zen habits blog, click here.

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How do you declutter? Do you declutter annually, or just prevent “stuff” from piling up?

 

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