The month of January is usually all about improvement. You get a gym membership, you begin eating healthier, you buy a planner, and you start recycling. In this season of self-care, it’s good to reflect on how our home benefits us – specifically, the things within our home. Houseplants are a great addition to any dwelling, not only because they visually make spaces feel more “alive,” but because they are also good at improving health and productivity. Continue Reading
Air plants, also known as Tillandsia, are a wonderful way to add greenery to your home without the maintenance of a regular houseplant. They do require water, but they don't need to be planted in soil so they can be placed in all kinds of unique spots in your home. Here are ten of our favorite ways to display air plants.
Full size, and a fraction of the cost. OldSchoolStructure built a full sized air hockey table entirely from scrap, only purchasing premade pucks and mallets. The frame is whitewood, the ‘ice’ MDF, and the air source? A leaf blower.
“An attached 3D drawing of the project might help you understand this project. You can download it in the Images and Files menu below. In order to view this drawing you need the free application Google Sketchup Viewer. Continue Reading
Condensation…it’s everyone’s first science experiment. Place a cold thing in a warm environment, and water vapor gets cooled to its dew point.
So, what’s a big cold thing in an even bigger warm environment? Well, your air conditioner, for one, and it condensates with the best of them. Translation: free water, perfect for giving your garden a drink.
Curbly has certainly featured its share of techniques to add pleasant scents to your home and person (here, here, here, here, and here), but there are those time when your home is ALREADY aroma-ed, and you’d actually rather give it the old neutralize rather than cover it up.
To that end, Apartment Therapy offers these solutions and others:
- Simmer a pot of half vinegar and half water
- Simmer a pot of water with lemon and orange peels
- Leave a dish of vinegar out on the counter overnight
- Saturate cotton balls with vanilla extract and let sit in a dish overnight
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“Next time you go shopping for home cleaning supplies, consider adding large-leaved plants for every room in the house. They reduce unhealthy pollutants as well as airborne bacteria and fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions.”
Top 10 Air Cleaning Plants
1. Areca palm
2. Reed palm
3. Dwarf date palm
4. Boston fern
6. English ivy
7. Australian sword fern
8. Peace lily
9. Rubber plant
10. Weeping fig
“The EPA has noted that indoor air can be almost ten times worse than the air outside. Thus, air purification has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar industry. While a small, no-frills air cleaner for your personal space can be had for less than $100, a state-of-the-art medical-grade air purifier aimed at microbiological abatement can cost over $1000. For those who wish to breathe in healthier air without spending a lot of money, read the directions below on how to create your own air purifier from inexpensive materials.”
1 PVC water pipe
1 Replacement window screen (a piece of cloth will also suffice, or for aromatherapy, use a scented dryer sheet)
1 cardboard box
1 HEPA filter
1 small fan