Over the last several months I’ve been doing a bit of a refresh on the house and adding some new plant babies has been a huge part of the décor, but plants can offer so much more than just an amazing design aesthetic. Choose wisely and you can you get a fabulous look coupled with a world of major health benefits since plants are a beautiful way to also to filter toxins and microbes that lurk in your home and ultimately help you breathe better.
Some plants do a better job than others to help clean and humidify dry air removing and or absorbing the chemicals associated with paint, dry cleaning, carpet fibers, mold and bacteria and so on, so I’ve compiled a list of the hardest workers to get the job done.
- Snake Plant- Snake plants are one of the easiest plants to care for since they do not require much light or water, in fact they like to dry out a bit between watering. They are high performers when it comes to air purification so place a few throughout the house for optimal purifying power. Be sure and put one in the bedroom since they spend their nights converting carbon dioxide into oxygen while you sleep and remove all sorts of toxins from the air.
2. Peace Lily- This flowering houseplant thrives in both bright and low light with run of the mill potting soil kept slightly moist. These are the most effective plant at removing common household chemicals found in paint and carpets. Every Spring/Summer you will be rewarded with big fragrant flowers. It will let you know when it needs watering by drooping its leaves slightly.
3. Rubber Plant- This evergreen originates from India. Their large leaves can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down, rendering them harmless. They absorb exhaled carbon dioxide and convert it to breathable oxygen. Rubber plants do well in cooler, shady corners but can get quite large so pruning from time to time can help stop them from becoming to large.
4. Golden Pothos- You’ve seen these virtually impossible to kill plants everywhere. It is considered one of the best all-around air purifiers with its ability to absorb numerous toxins. If you forget to water them no problem, not much sunlight, also no problem. They work best in hanging baskets and the only things they won’t tolerate is direct sunlight.
5. Spider Plant- One of the easiest indoor plants to maintain, the Spider Plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Additionally, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children. They like low light and are light watering.
6. Aloe Vera- This succulent plant is known as the “The Plant of Immortality”. Its not difficult to maintain since you can place it on a sunny window- sill and water it every 2 weeks. The gel inside can heal cuts and burns and can also be used to help control acne. If you see brown spots on your aloe vera plant that is a sign that toxin levels are getting to high.
7. Ivy- Often called English Ivy or European Ivy, Hedera helix is a popular houseplant that helps filter airborne toxins inside your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. It thrives out of direct sunlight and is super easy to care for as it acclimates to most conditions.
8. Bamboo Palm- This stunner of a plant makes a statement in any room while its large beautiful palms also help to keep the room humidified. It can grow up to six feet so they look best in rooms with higher ceilings. Its best to place them where the air circulates freely to deter spider mites.