Plants + Urban+ ME

Have you ever wanted to start you own indoor garden but never got around to doing it? For what ever reason you never got around to it let’s just knock that out of the box because it’s not carved in stone. If you want something then you have to be willing to sacrifice for it even if it’s you time. I have always had a love for plants but never had enough time for myself to even collect one. That was a real blow for me because here I am stuck in the house due to quarantine looking for an outlet and I am still am making excuses. The thought did cross my mind quite a few times prior to quarantine that I should start my own but again I had so much going on that I quickly forgot. I really became interested in plants because of the great health benefits that they provide. My daughter suffers from chronic asthma in the beginning being cooped up in the house started to have a toll on her health. We were going through quite a few episodes. So I started to research plants that better help the air quality in you home. To my surprise there was quite a few choices when it came to indoor plants but I absolutely fell in love with the “Peace Lily”. The next day I went out and got my very own and the rest is history. Over a period of time my love for plants have grown causing curiousity as it pertains to each plant causing me to start my own collection.

In this blog you will find

  • Plants that produce the most oxygen
  • Collecting plants
  • Budgeting

More Oxygen Please

Some people like the air quality that plants provide and then you do have some of those people who in fact are looking for those particular plants that actually provides the most oxygen. If you believe that there is a such thing that exist I would have to tell you that plants like these do exist. Looking for one that produces more oxygen well here goes nothing.

  • Snake Plant
  • Money Plant
  • Palm (Areca)
  • Chinese Evergreens

All or even just one of these plants will give you the results you are looking for. I literally have a snake plant in every room of my home to esure better oxygen flow all throughout my home. I would reccomend that if you are considering one of these plants, you start will the snake plant being as though they are so low maintnence.

  • Watering: Every 2 -8 weeks
  • Sunshine Vibes: indirect sunlight
  • Fertilizing: A couple of times during the spring time

It is literally that easy no string attached type of deal and this is a great first starter plant if you have one kiddo’s or two.

Collecting plants

Once you get into it then maybe you will even start to explore new plants such as urban plants in which comes in a variety of sizes and vibrant colors. As I started to see and learn about urban plants the more I wanted my very own to grow and study. Where could I search for urban plants if I am a beginner, I wanted to tackle this as easy and gently as possible. I came to the conclusion that maybe Etsy was a start, but as I looked on Etsy I realized that it wasn’t just the plant that people were selling but cuttlings as well. I’m no expert but I can assure you this wasn’t the road that I was willing to go because I was so new to this. So I started small, facebook marketplace had a wide variety and so I started looking into different plants. I finally became linked to this nice woman who provides me with all my urban plants. Some in which you would originally have to order, she even puts baskets together. Cactus’s, Succulants, Rare, you name it then she has it. I can admit that I was over the moon when I found her it was from there till now 53 and counting. So If you are looking for urban plants don’t give up they are out there, try facebook first.

On a Budget

If your like me then you are always looking for a good deal because you are a plant lover save where you can and binge where it is needed. Generally when I purchase my plants I do go to my connect but I also dabble on etsy as well. I finally learned about cuttlings and I have been having a blast planting new plants that I have never seen before. They are reasonably priced and if your willing to pay for shopping it’s a plant lovers paradise.

Go for the green

Still thinking on whether or not you should get started well here is the answer “Yes”. Don’t wait like I did to start on something that yo love to do. If it bring you comfort than I am all for it. During these trying times we do in fact need a little more self care time  and need to unwind rather than releasing your emotions elsewhere.

What was your first indoor plant?

Everything You Wanted to know about cleaning hardwood floors but were afraid to ask

Have you ever run into the problem of keeping you hardwood floors clean with little’s thrown into the mix? If you have hardwood floors then you are fully aware of the amount of time it takes to keep them clean. Within in my house there is a great deal of traffic and I try my best to prevent shoes in the house. Of course we are getting there but everything is a stepping stone I suppose. It almost makes you want to join the carpet gang for widely obvious reasons. Adding more wok to your workload is what you would be doing. I find that it is always more easier for us to take the easy route without having spend loads of cash when cleaning our homes. Sometimes cheap is not always the best solution. Trust me we are all on the same page here, but maybe mixing things up a bit will add variety. Just keep it in your pockets when it comes to going over board and buying products that you see when you are overcrowded in the walmart aisle by brand names. So here is something fun I am a clean freak of all things mom and I am okay with sharing. (no biggie we are all human). So I am always looking for easier more efficiant way to clean my home and as of recently I have had my head up against the wall when it came to getting my hardwood floors clean. After much trial and error I have found one of the best products that will save a mama’s life.

In This Blog Your Will Find

  • The best products for hardwood floors
  • How often should hardwood floors be mopped
  • How to clean hardwood floors
  • What is the best to clean hardwood floors
  • Best Cleaning Options (Products)

Best products for hardwood floors

The first up on our list is Bona this company was founded in 1919 originally based out of sweden an has quickly made an impact in the cleaning community. Specializing in hardwood floor care how could you turn away from any of its products. They sell a variety of different floor cleaning products but the one that I have used has proven useful yet a little pricey depending on where you go. This product honestly a good buy if it were not so pricey. It does the job and a damn good one.

Is Bona good to clean hardwood floors?

I would say yes because they are literally a company based off of this but sometimes everything that glitters aint gold. Looking at the solution and what it contains majority of their products are water based which is a plus for anyone. To each its own I always say simply because everyone has there own preference on products.

What does Bona do?

Provides a water based solution targeted at dust, dirt, and grime like most common cleaner, however there is no residue left behind. I ha no objections in this area simply because I have tried this product and would recommend to others. You are able to use this product for both spot cleaning and large areas. I wouldn’t expect all the dirt to be wiped away after your first time. Come on give it a chance and let it work its magic. Over time you will start to see your floors come back to life as it looses the residue.

Is bona safe?

I know that we hate wracking our brains asking whether or not proucts are safe. If your worried about the kids or your pets then take a deep breath because it it okay because this product is non toxic. I like to say made with families in mind because the products are non toxic and green guard approved as well. So rest assured your family is safe. I have 3 girls and they don’t seem to mind at all they just continue to play as if the floor was not mopped a couple minutes before,

How often should I clean with Bona?

This is relatively simple if you have loads of traffic rest assured you will only have to clean 2x a week. Now some people may say that this is to much, and others may say that’s not enough. Everyone is different maybe you require a bit more due to the size of your home. Don’t over clean you could damage your floors and dry them out.

Who says swiffer’s are dead

Some people would argue that swiffer has lost it’s touch but I highly believe this not to be true. There was once a time when I to was a swiffer owner and sometimes I still dable with their products. The swiffer line is made up of cleaning products and introduced in the 99′. This is what people like to call a “Razor and Blades” model in which provides you with the machine as long as you keep re-buying the pads.

Is a swiffer a mop?

Well right off the bat I would say no but then that would only be based on appearences not what the product can do. Judging by its unique design depending on the type pf swiffer you choose, you could have the best of both worlds. For instamce the swiffer sweeper gives you the luxury of both a broom and mop. Which is understandeable becasue would want to constantly go back and forth. The goal here would be more efficiant cleaning with less.

Will swiffer ruin my floors?

The answer is no there is no harm here just a ta bit of cleaning. Similiar to Bona the Swiffer is one in the same.

Which is better Bona or Swiffer?

Well bona has the ability to produce a further and wider consistancy when spraying the solution on the floor not that this really matters as long as the outcome is clean. Bona is quite expensive but look at what it can do, the swiffer is the cheaper choice but is no longer all the rave. want to save your pockets on this one go with swiffer.

Was a mop your first choice

Before I knew what I knew now then I wouldn’t recommend mopping your floor. I used to unkowingly mop my floor multiple time a day for the fear that it was always dirty and I ha two kids and a toddler on the move. This didn’t sit well with me, you see to me I saw It a cleaning but to everyone else It was simply pushing dirty water around. Literally my floors were not getting any cleaner than before I started.

How often should you mop hardwood floors?

Routine cleaning in place because if you don’t have a schedule than nothing will get done. For high traffic areas where your home see’s the most traffic I would say clean about 1 to 2 times a week. For the less utilized areas you are free to clean once a month.

What is the best thing to clean wood floors?

While most people love buying products because it is easy for them but there is an even cheaper alternative that some people don’t really know about. Vinegar, yes the number one cleaning solution if you cam stand the smell. 1/2 cup of vinegar dialuted with water will do the trick. I have used this method quite a few times in the past and even up to now.

Best machine for hardwood floors

(Retail Price at Home Depot $50 Walk In Only)

When I was first faced with this problem I was a little frantic because I didnt believe that I would find anything. The time frame that I would have to wait was just pure craziness and come to find out it was coming from oversees. Cancelled that plan and moved on, as I continued my search I walked into home depot and with that the best day of my life. I found a Swiffer Bissel Steam Mop. This invention has literally changed my life and I love using it. I find myself lloking for reasons just to clean my floors. Quite odd if you ask me but it’s addictive (lol), You have the best of both worlds because the pads gives you a sense of clean. Add a little team to the mix and it makes you feel like your floors couldn’t be any cleaner.

Do the pads still apply?

Yes, the pads are still a must with this machine but if you ask me they last longer do to the steam. I was worried taht this machine wouldn’t work or the pads would dry out really fast. The first pad I used I thought dried out but it didnt, I was able to accomplish an entire room. The pads are moist and will get you through the job at hand, all while having an enjoyable moment.

If all else fails ditch the mop

At this point it is safe to say that a mop just isn’t getting the job done anymore now a days and that’s okay. Don’t be discouraged while trying to find something that works for you everything takes time. Here are some suggestions of mine I hope they are useful. Anyone want to share how you clean your floors?