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Protective Plants: Indoor Greenery Removes Airborne Toxins Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air often contaminated by chemicals found in common house- hold products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at

palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to MotherEarth- The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent

Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organ- ic compounds (VOC) emitted

by paint, furniture, print- ers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants (Scien- Peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia.

NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, En- glish ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in in- sulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formal- dehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the Amer- ican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca

and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.

Jump-Start Your SPRING Cleaning with a Deep-Clean Service Visit from ECOMAIDS.

Our Deep Clean Service Visit follows the ECOMAIDS 64-Point Residential Cleaning Checklist and ensures that everything from your ceiling fans to your baseboards are clean, sanitized and allergen free.

TWO MONTHS OF HOUSE CLEANING $399 Totaling four bi-weekly visits. 20% Savings! Less than $100/visit

Valid for homes up to 2,800 s/f. Larger homes will require a one-time surcharge of $40 for every 1,000 additional s/f (Ex: 3,800 s/f home will owe $40 at time of first cleaning). Each visit includes top-to-bottom cleaning of the following rooms: kitchen, living room, dining room, half bath, master bedroom, master bathroom and all common living spaces. Must mention coupon at time of booking. Limit one coupon per household. May not be combines with any other offer, discount or promotion. FIRST VISIT MUST BE SCHEDULED BY MARCH 31, 2018.


Initial Service Visit for kitchen, living room, dining room, entry, hallway, stairs, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and a half bath.


Price does not include applicable sales tax. Additional fees may apply if rooms are added and/or substituted. Homes over 2,500 s/f will be subject to an additional charge. MUST MENTION COUPON AT TIME OF BOOKING. Limit one coupon per household. May not be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. EXPIRES MARCH 31, 2018.

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