Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 19:03

How do VOC's affect our health?


Many household products that are already present in our homes affect our health; Including: paints, paint strippers, and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; dry-cleaned clothing.

These household products affect our eyes, nose, and cause throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

These same chemicals are also found in many workplaces, and therefore the effects are caused in any indoor environment where these chemicals are used.


Volatile Organic Compounds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Sunday, 28 April 2013 21:37

Indoor Air Quality? Why should we be concerned about this in our workplace?

According the EPA, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.

EPA's Office of Research and Development's "Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study" (Volumes I through IV, completed in 1985) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. TEAM studies indicated that while people are using products containing organic chemicals, they can expose themselves and others to very high pollutant levels, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long after the activity is completed.  - By US EPA

Pest Control PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 22:51

I get asked often if I prefer to use mayonnaise, or ripe bananas on my plants. I asked if that is supposed to be a fertilizer, but apparently is supposed to be for shining the leaves.

It's always personal preference; I myself enjoy using a good dish washing soap to clean them, together with a clean rag. Of course, it will take some elbow grease in the process and the outcome will be amazing. Happy Leaf Shining!!

-The Plant Lady

Fertilizing-Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Melendez   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:39

When dealing with fertilizing your plants, there are various products out there that vary in their ingredients. If you want your plant to receive nourishment quickly, you have the liquid fertilizers that are concentrated and are added to the water. This makes it very convenient when watering plants. The pellets or granules work long term, so nourishment is given to plants every time you water the plant. The vitamins bleach into the plant as water washed out the granules/pellets. Again, it's always safe for you to research your plant online to see the size of your pot, plant, and plant specie to avoid intoxicating your plant. Happy Fertilizing! - The Plant Lady

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Houseplant Maintenance Tips
Written by Helen Melendez   
Sunday, 14 April 2013 18:22

It's Spring time and time to give some tlc to those indoor plants! When in doubt to how much fertilizer to add or what type, my best suggestion is to research the type of plant specie that you own, in addition to the size of the plant. The last thing you would want to do is to over fertilize that beauty. - The Plant Ladyfertilizingtips


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