Filter Allergens with Plants

If you are having trouble with allergies, trying adding plants to your home! The air we breathe indoors can be some of the most toxic air we breathe daily. Having plants in the home can actually help purify the air by absorbing the toxins through their leaves. By absorbing the toxins we breathe, plants can help reduce the effects of asthma, allergies, and reactions to molds. Larger leafed plants are considered the best choices, like areca palm, reed palm, and Boston ferns. Other plant varieties are: snake plants, Christmas cactus, bamboo palm, and gerbera daisy.[1]

Remember to keep your plants healthy and it’s recommended to keep a 6-inch plant for every 100 square feet of space in your home for maximum filtering.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.wikihow.com/Purify-the-Air-Using-Plants
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Change Filters Monthly

You might not think about it, but the air filters in your home are like huge dust rags that collect all the dirt and dust that travel through your home. With an efficient air filter, you should be changing it every month! Having the filter fill up can cause numerous issues such as poor operating efficiency, the efficiency goes down and your costs will increase, and if you suffer from allergies or have other health concerns a dirty filter will only make your health issues worse. Filters take all the dirt away and by not changing it at the proper time will only allow the air in your home to become dirtier. [1]

Set a reminder for yourself! As soon as you change your filters, add it to your calendar to check the status of it a month later.

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.furnacefiltercare.com/change-air-conditioner-filter.php
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Watch out for these Toxic Laundry Detergents

We all want our clothes to be clean and smell like “clean air” or “April Fresh,” but as for our health, we might as well not wash at all!  Studies have shown that the products we use to clean our clothes can be very toxic.  New studies show that scented dryer sheets could add up to 17 more VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) to dryer emissions. These VOC’s include acetaldehyde, acetone, butanal, and ethanol. Laundry rooms in basements have a more concentrated amount of VOC’s because of the lack of air circulation. [1]

Stay away from scented products and look for products that are natural, “fragrance free” and “hypoallergenic.”

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.jonbarron.org/natural-health/bl110906/toxins-laundry-detergent-dryer-sheets
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Remove Your Shoes

Kick off those shoes and leave the worries of the day behind you! By taking off your shoes at the door, it brings less dirt and pollutants into your home. Shoes can also track in lead, pesticides and other pollutants that can turn your floors and the air you breathe very toxic. Would you let your infant roll around on the sidewalk outside? Probably not, but if you’re not taking off your shoes, you are tracking the same dirt through your clean house.[1]

Take your shoes off at the door! For many cultures it’s a sign of respect, but it’s also a sign of respect to your health!

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Dr. Kim

[1]http://www.care2.com/greenliving/remove-your-shoes-on-entering.html
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