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Can house plants really help clean the air in your home?

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: March 29, 2018

Now that spring is officially upon us, many of us are getting our spring cleaning done and the great smell and look of a clean home. However, have you stopped to think about how clean the air is in your home? Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for New Homes in Raleigh, shares if house plants can really help clean the air in your home.

There are a lot of all natural products out on the market these days, and many people have been under the impression that a great way to clean the air and toxins out of your home can be done through house plants. However, that is actually not the case at all!

In 1989, NASA did a study to see if they could find new ways to clean the air in space stations. They did get some interesting findings, however the fact that house plants clean the air was not one of them. However, many news articles wrote stories about the study and spun it so it seemed that house plants could eliminate or help remove toxins from a home. This however, is not the case.

It turns out that the people of NASA created a machine that involved some household plants, in their study and did find some good health benefits in terms of the air quality. However, the plants themselves did not do anything in terms of changing the quality of the air around them.

Articles published on this study on the other hand, named the plants used in the study and touted them as “air friendly” plants that could help clear up the pollution and toxins in the air around them. This however, is not the case and was a falsehood that went around during the time of the study, got picked up by media outlets and has stuck since then.

For example, an EPA reviewer who did a study after the review came out said that someone would need to purchase about 680 plants in their home, to achieve the results of the NASA study. Most homeowners could save themselves the time and just vacuum more often!

However, this should not deter you from purchasing house plants for your home or throwing out all of the house plants you currently have! House plants are actually proven to boost peoples moods. Especially if you live in the city where you may not see or have much greenery around you, house plants can give you that added freshness and nature-like feel in your home to help lift your mood no matter what time of year.

There are studies that prove house plants can improve your concentration, your calmness and productivity.

So, consider adding some house plants to your home this spring to lighten the mood of your home!

 

 

Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Quick Tips to Help with Spring Cleaning

Categories: Blog, Home Owner Tips | Posted: March 22, 2018

Winter is finally slipping away and we’re starting to feel refreshed, and ready for the change that spring brings. One of the most popular rites of spring is doing an overhaul of your home’s interior—cleaning, purging, reorganizing, and perhaps redecorating. But before you launch into a full-scale attack, here are some helpful spring cleaning tips for your home.

Make a plan. If you just dive into spring cleaning without a plan, you’ll waste time and probably miss certain areas that you’ll regret later—after your energy has been depleted. Decide where you need to purge—closets, attics, and basements are a great start. Determine how you’re going to approach each task. Set aside boxes or bags for “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Toss” in the area you’re purging so you don’t have to carry out piles.

Include the tiny places that seem to get ignored during normal housecleaning, like sliding door tracks, baseboards, door frames, behind the kitchen appliances, and cabinet doors.

Next, prioritize the spaces that need your attention. If you have a dreaded area, put it at the top of the list. Don’t procrastinate. Tackle it first. You’ll feel better about getting it out of the way.

Organize your supplies. Now that you have your spring cleaning plan all ready, gather up the supplies, like rags, paper towels, various solvents, sponges, brushes, squeegies, gloves, drawer liners, and replacement batteries and light bulbs. Sort them into categories. Make a bucket for window washing, use another container for dusting supplies, and so on. Then you can just grab the right bucket and head off to tackle the cleaning.

Make a checklist. Keep a clipboard with you and make notes of things you need to get, replace, clean, or fix as you move from room to room. Don’t stop during your cleaning frenzy to run to the home store because you’ve decided you need to change your cabinet hardware or bathroom accessories. The distraction will slow down your progress. Instead, at the end of the day, review your clipboard and make a shopping and errand list to tackle all at once.

Start at the top. In every area of your house, start your spring cleaning from the top. Sweep away cobwebs and dust the light fixtures. Then move to the windows and walls. All the dirt, dust, and debris will fall to the floor, to be cleaned away last.

Hand out the assignments. Spring cleaning should be a shared challenge for everyone in the household. Once you have your plan, share it with your “helpers” and decide who will do what and when (yes, make sure there are deadlines).

Plan to be tired. At the end of your spring cleaning day, reward your hard work by putting your feet up, letting someone else make or deliver dinner, and kicking back to enjoy your fully refreshed surroundings!

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