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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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10 Houseplants That Can Actually Improve Your Health

February 1, 2016 1:33 am

Adding a houseplant or two always seems to improve the look of a room. But as it turns out, certain houseplants can also improve your health. According to recent studies by NASA, some houseplants filter out dangerous compounds that are commonly found in most homes – the kind of compounds that are often associated with respiratory illnesses, cancer, and other conditions.

Because they are enclosed spaces, our homes are vulnerable to gaseous toxins that build up over time. These include:

Benzene – caused by paints, detergents, and furniture wax,
Formaldehyde – caused by disinfectants or preservatives in consumer products
Toluene and Xylene – caused by a variety of household and consumer products
Ammonia – caused by commonly used aerosols and sprays

But 10 NASA-approved houseplants are said to be effective in removing air pollutants:

English Ivy – A trailing ivy plant that requires partial shade and light weekly watering

Florist’s Chrysanthemum – A lovely floral that needs direct light and frequent change of water

Peace Lily – Produces small, white flowers. Needs weekly watering. But consider carefully before buying, because this plant can be poisonous to house pets

Variegated Snake Plant – Has tall, broad, green and white leaves. Requires partial shade and weekly watering

Red-Edged Dracaena – Almost cactus-like in appearance, this plant needs direct sunlight and weekly watering

Cornstalk Dracaena – Produces cornstalk-type leaves. Wants partial shade and weekly watering

Broadleaf Lady Palm – Fern-like plant that likes partial shade and weekly watering

Flamingo Lily – Also known as anthurium, this plant produces shiny red flowers and requires partial shade and weekly watering

Devil’s Ivy – Produces luxurious ivy leaves, likes partial shade, and needs only monthly watering

Lilyturf – Produces purple flowers. Requires partial shade and weekly watering.

*Take note: Water lightly in most cases, as over-watering can cause root rot and kill the plant.

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10 Money-Wasting Habits You Can Ditch

February 1, 2016 1:33 am

Whether it’s a latte you could have done without, or a cute pair of shoes you didn’t need, even the most frugal folks among us waste a little money now and then. But penny-pinchers seem to make it a habit not to make it a habit.

Smart Money blogger Emily Co talked to a group of determined savers. Here are the top money-wasters they identified. How many of them can you cut out?

Paying Bank Fees – Do you even know about, much less track, the fees your bank may be charging you? From checking fees to overdraft fees to third-party ATM fees, you should do what you must to avoid them.

Tossing Leftovers – Whether at home or at a restaurant, throwing away leftovers instead of eating them the next day is a huge and avoidable waste of money.

Buying Stuff at Convenience Stores – How much do you want that soda or candy bar when filling up at the gas station? Convenience store prices are very high. Think twice before you buy.

Heating and Cooling Costs – Properly insulating your home and caulking up cracks and crevices under doors can save a bundle in the long run.

Unclaimed Rebates and Returns – You’re throwing away cash if you’re not redeeming rebates or neglecting to return the little things you purchased but do not want.

Bottled Water – Get a filter and start carrying your own bottled water from home instead of paying for and clogging the ecosystem with plastic bottles.

Not Buying Generics – There may some generics that don’t meet your standards, but try as many generic drugs, cosmetics and other products before deciding they are not for you.

Buying Everything New – Browse through a second-hand store now and then to prove to yourself that not everything needs to be purchased new.

Ignoring Discount Stores – Bargains abound at the dollar store as well for those who want to be more frugal.

Paying for Services You Can Do Yourself – Why pay for lawn mowing or changing the oil in your car when you can save by doing it yourself? A little online instruction may be all you need to start hanging on to more of your money.

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