Cleanse the Air You Breath With Houseplants

Having houseplants is not only great for increasing the oxygen levels in your home, (or office, school, etc.) but they also act as a filter to purify the air inside. Have you noticed that during the months we close our home the most, (winter or summer when heating or cooling) the air tends to smell “stale”? This is due to the lack of fresh air, and the numerous toxic fumes, which can leak in from the garage, cleaning supplies, and even formaldehyde from your furniture. Houseplants have a wonderful way of filtering those toxins from the air and adding fresh oxygen for our precious lungs to breath.

Check out this list of plants to help you choose which is best for your home, office, etc.. car?

plants_aloeAloe
This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.

 

plants_azaleaAzalea
Bring this beautiful flowering shrub into your home to combat formaldehyde from sources such as plywood or foam insulation. Because azaleas do best in cool areas around 60 to 65 degrees, they are a good option for improving indoor air in your basement if you can find a bright spot.

 

Plants_bambooBamboo
Also known as, the “Reed palm”, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. They are also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.

 

Plants_chinese-evergreenChinese Evergreen
This is an easy-to-care-for plant that will help filter out a variety of air pollutants. It removes more toxins as time and exposure continues. It will even produce blooms and red berries in areas of your home that don’t receive much light, such as a dark corner.

Plants_ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum
The colorful flowers of mum blooms make for beautiful décor, but they also help filter out benzene (found in glue), paint, plastics and detergent. This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you will need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.

Plants_English_IvyEnglish Ivy
A study found that the plant reduces airborne fecal-matter particles. Studies have shown it can filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.

 

Plants_Gerber_daisyGerber Daisy
This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It is also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.

Plants_peace_lilyPeace Lily
Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene

 

Plants_red_edge_dracaenaRed-edged Dracaena
The red edges of this easy dracaena bring a pop of color, and the shrub can grow to reach your ceiling. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can come into your home air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.

plants_snake_bathroomSnake Plant
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it will thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.

Plants_Spider_PlantSpider Plant (Perfect for Brown thumbs too!)
Even if you tend to neglect houseplants, you will have a hard time killing this resilient plant. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers (which become baby plants), the spider plant tackles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, (a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing). *The “babies” are hanging from the bottom of the plant.

*The Spider plant sprouts “babies” that become new plants! 

Plants_spider_baby-WaterPut them in a glass of water, making sure the leaves are not submerged (only the bottom root). After a couple of weeks, roots will grow long enough to be planted in soil.  Plants_baby dwarf spider plant

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