Indoor air pollution is actually worse than what you breathe outdoors. Poor indoor air quality has been associated with respiratory problems. So what can you do to salvage the air you and your family breathe in your home? Some people think plants may hold the answers.

In addition to basic photosynthesis, indoor plants are capable of removing or breaking down and incorporating toxic chemicals into plant tissues. Houseplant soil microorganisms also play a significant role in clearing the air. Surprisingly soil and pots by themself did a better job at air cleaning than did plants with huge hanging leaves that covered the soil surface.

Plants in green spaces have been found to improve mood and stress, as well as foster quality calmness.

Some extra tips:

  • Keep in mind that there are elements that can make or break the plant’s air cleaning capability.
  • Make sure that the plant-soil mixture is light, well-aerated, and while trying to allow good circulation to the roots.
  • Keep air circulation in your home going and if necessary use an electric I had to direct air currents to the plant roots.

Make the space at home happier, greener, and more stress-free which also brings its own health benefits.

Dealing with Indoor Pet Dander Allergens

Most people with allergies think of their home as a haven where they can escape allergies. But unfortunately, houses and apartments harbor their allergens. There are several causes of indoor allergens. Unfortunately one of the most popular causes is pet dander. If animal dander is causing the allergic reaction do you have options? 

Fortunately,  here are a few ways to deal with pet dander:

  • Keeping the animal outdoors all the time is a partial solution.
  • You may want to see an allergist and confirm that your pet is the cause of the symptoms before making this painful decision to get rid of a pet.
  • If you decide to remove the animal it may take as long as six months for the allergy symptoms to go away completely.
  • If you decide to keep the pet have another family member responsible for grooming feeding exercising and cleaning up after the pet.
  • Keep the pet well-groomed o reduce the amount of dander in the home.
  • Minimize the impact of dander by living with as little carpet, upholstered furniture, and drapes as you can manage.
  • Cover your mattresses, box springs, and pillows with covers that prevent the release of allergens.
  • Shampoo or replace the carpet.  Better yet remove the carpet. Smooth floors collect fewer allergenic particles.

With these suggestions, you can keep your home healthy and happy!

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