Thursday, June 23, 2011

Houseplants for Natural, Fresh Air

In staging, I always advise my clients to remove any artificial air fresheners from their home when they list. While you want your home to smell wonderful, you want it to be light and inviting scents, however artificial air fresheners can be strong and overpowering, and for anyone sensitive to strong scents, these can actually be offensive. The other reason that I advise this is that these strong scents have a way of hiding other odours, and you want to your home to smell fresh naturally, so that potential buyers don't think they're in for any surprises.

The best way to achieve this is with houseplants. Houseplants with sweet-smelling blooms include gardenias, jasmine, and citrus. Herbs are also a great alternative, such as Basil or Rosemary. Houseplants will also help to clean the air that you breathe in your home. The natural filtration process within plants can remove up to 87 % of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air, according to NASA research.
So go ahead - breathe easy!

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