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Getting some green help with household cleaning

As the cooler weather starts to set in, naturally enough we find ourselves spending more and more time indoors.  But, that also means increasing exposure to indoor air pollution.  What indoor air pollution we hear you ask?Well, with limited natural air circulation, our indoors are being polluted by all kinds of chemicals believe it or not – from kitchen fumes, tobacco smoke and bacteria in damp air.  And although we can’t exactly see indoor air pollution, our chronic eye, ear and nose irritations remind us that it’s definitely there.Now, you might use air filters or humidifiers to clean your indoor air, but let us here at Budget Maids share some interesting green tips with you:

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Natural chemical removers

Plants are natural chemical removers.Just as the Amazon Rainforest is the world’s green lung, indoor plants can purify your indoor air.Scientists refer to this special ability of plants to remove chemicals from air as phytoremediation.In the past, NASA announced a very surprising statistic: within a period of one single day, plants are able to remove up to 87% of toxins in indoor air.  And you thought ornamental indoor plants were just part of the décor…

Try these household plants 

Scientists also found that some household plants are more effective indoor air cleaners than others.The plants that made the top air purifying list include the following common household plants: Spider plant, Geber daisy (pretty flowers too!), ferns, Chinese evergreen, Mother-in-law’s tongue and ivy.

Plants are pretty effective at this secret mission of theirs, and scientists have found that one plant per 100 square feet is a pretty good ratio.

Making use of this incredibly efficient cleaning function offered free by nature can help your household stay clean and healthy – as well as smelling and looking nice. If you need more help with cleaning other than your indoor air, be sure to contact Budget Maids for our other cleaning tips and services, including cleaning services in Reston, house cleaning in Olney and maid services in Arlington – whatever your household cleaning requirements in fact.