Clean the air you breathe!
Do you know that the air in your home is the most important air that you breathe? You spend the majority of your life in your home. It may feel like it’s spent at work. 🙂 But nope! And more importantly, you spend a huge amount of time in your bedroom, sleeping. Let’s get you some houseplants for clean the air!
There are many ways to clean the air in your home.
We use chemical free household cleaners, and we have these air purifiers in our home as well. But today, we are going to talk about the importance of houseplants, and the best houseplants for clean air.
Home is a place I want you to breathe easily. Hehe! There’s many things that could help you breathe easily at home. Relaxation, watching a funny movie, praying, and meditation.
This post isn’t about those kids of breathe easy things. This post is about, helping you to literally breathe easy, and finding the best houseplants for clean air. 😀
Added bonus. The beauty benefits of houseplants.
Having a home that you feel good in, that feels comfortable, and is beautiful to you, can help you have better health. A relaxing home reduces stress, and that’s definitely a good thing.
House plants are a great decorative tool. They add beauty, color, and texture to your home. There are so many different varieties, you’re sure to find some that match your decor. You can check out some convenient options here.
When we bought our home 5 years ago, my husband got all excited and decided we were going to fill our home with house plants. All for the sake of cleaning our air. We went to our local home store, laid down all of the seats in the back of our SUV, and filled the entire car with houseplants! It was crazy. We bought so many plants and the bill was enormous.
Unfortunately, yours truly, isn’t very good at keeping plants alive. But not to worry, I was relieved of the plant care duties. 😉
Do you know what’s polluting your home?
There are many toxins within the walls of your home that you many not have thought of.
You have chemicals from our carpets and paint.
Don’t forget the toxic chemicals from your household cleaning supplies and air-freshers, if you’re not using natural products. Natural Household Cleaners
You also have indoor pollution from pets and dust.
If your home is older, you’ll have chemicals from asbestos, lead and radon. Ick!
And don’t forget those bacteria and viruses.
The health benefits of having house plants.
Plants remove pollutants, all of the stuff listed above, plus outdoor pollutants, by absorbing them through their leaves and roots. How cool is that? Their job is to protect you! Yup, trees and plants outside are important too. So many blessings all around us. Plants for clean air! Yay!
House plants aren’t just beautiful, they’re beneficial to your health. And like most things in life, there’s some that are better than others. Check these out!
Below are the top 12 houseplants for cleaning the air:
- Jade Plant Particularly good at absorbing toluene emitted from gasoline, paint, kerosene and lacquers. These plants flourish in medium light, single pot and room temperature. Allow the soil to dry between watering; brown leaves indicate they need more water.
- Spider Plant These plants can absorb up to 90 percent of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from tobacco smoke and O-xylene from fuels and P-xylene found in plastics. (This plant is also called the airplane plant.) It is resilient and survives well even if you don’t have a green thumb. The plant is safe for your pets and easy to grow.
- Scarlet Start In the family of Bromeliads, as is the pineapple, this plant easily purifies the air of 90 percent of benzene’s emitted from glues, furniture wax, detergent and paint. These plants are easy to grow indoors and have very few problems with pests. They withstand drought well, but never over-water them.
- Caribbean Tree Cactus These lovely cactus plants can absorb up to 80 percent of the ethylbenzene in the space they are kept. This chemical is emitted from electronic products, construction material, garden care products, toys and furniture. Most cactus plants will do well in pots with the right amount of food, light and water. Although they withstand the drought well, they do require more water indoors than they do in the ground.
- Dracaena These beautiful variegated leaf plants absorb 90 percent of the acetone from household cleaners and nail polish remover.
- Ferns These leafy plants require a lot of water and provide humidity for your home.
- Peace Lily These plants come in either a solid color or variegated leaf variety. They bloom in the spring and don’t require much light. Keep them close at hand in your office as they absorb electromagnetic radiation from your digital devices and humidify the air. These are my favorite because they’re easy to take care of. These plants need a decent amount of water, and their leaves will droop when they need more.
- English Ivy Easy to grow and care for, they are excellent at absorbing the toxins from cigarette smoke and cleansing the air for people suffering from asthma.
- Ficus Slightly more difficult to care for, the Ficus cleanses odors from the air and reduces toxic substances from your home and office. There are several varieties of the plant.
- Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue This plant is easy to care for and grows well. It removes benzene and formaldehyde and increases the oxygen supply in the room at night.
- Philodendron These are favorite plants as they are easily grown and look great in hanging pots. They efficiently detoxify formaldehyde but are toxic to cats and dogs.
- Bamboo Palm Also known as the Reed Palm, this plant thrives indoors and readily absorbs formaldehyde out-gassing from furniture. If you’ve purchased a new chair or couch you may want to decorate with a couple of these plants.
It’s time to make a date to go pick out some plants and get them in your house! House plants are an inexpensive, and beautiful way to clean the air you breathe. Don’t forget about adding some to your bedroom!
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