Five Plants To Clean The Air In Your Home


Did you know that the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outdoors? It’s true. Between the emissions from paint, furniture, and carpet and the chemicals that come in on your clothing and shoes, the indoor air can be toxic. It gets worse if you smoke, use air fresheners or cleaning supplies. The good news is that there are plants that clean your air.

English Ivy – This hearty plant is perfect for those who were born without a green thumb. It doesn’t need much sunlight and thrives in small spaces. It’s also excellent at absorbing formaldehyde. This toxin is actually the most prevalent indoor pollutant. It comes from carpet dyes and wood floorboard resins.

Peace Lily – If you don’t have pets, this flowering plant is excellent at cleaning the air in your home. It’s poisonous to pets, though. It needs weekly watering and can grow quite large. It cleans your home’s air of acetone which is emitted by electronics, cleaners and adhesives. It also cleans your home from the carcinogen benzene, which is found in furniture wax and polish as well as paint.

Spider Plant – Spider plants are almost impossible to kill. They’re great for beginners and they’re lovely on a shelf, in a hanging basket, or in a pot on the floor. They’re also exceptional air cleaners and can remove both formaldehyde and benzene from your home.

Pothos – The pothos plant is a vine. It doesn’t have to climb, though; if you like hanging baskets or potted plants it adapts well to almost any environment. It’s also pretty hearty and only needs water once every week or two. The beautiful green and golden leaves remove carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde from your home. It’s so effective that many people place them in their basements near their furnace and in their garage.

Wax Begonia – Finally, if you want a flowering plant, this lovely sunshine lover filters a number of different chemicals and toxins from the air in your home.

In addition to these five air-cleaning plants, simply opening the windows on a regular basis can help sweep the pollutants out of your home. Of course, you don’t need as many plants and protection if you avoid many of the common pollutants that wreak havoc on your air quality. Next time we’ll take a look at the things to avoid to help keep your home healthy and safe.

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