Clean Air Plants for Your Home

Each time you undertake a home improvement project, like:

  • Painting walls or doors
  • Ripping out and installing new carpet
  • Remodeling the kitchen or bathroom

You end up releasing chemicals into the air which can irritate the skin, aggravate allergies and generally be a nuisance to get rid of.

One way to help keep the air in your home clean after a big, messy job is to use an electric air purifier.

Another way is to use houseplants. Some plants are excellent air purifiers (plus they look nice too).

All you have to do is find the right plants for your home and then, just add water.

English Ivy

Engish Ivy in pot

Small space? No problem. This climbing plant thrives in small spaces, as well as in rooms with few windows and no sunlight.

What it cleans: Its thick leaves are great at absorbing formaldehyde, which is the most common pollutant found in the home and is found in floorboard resins and carpet colouring dyes.

 

Garden Mum

Mums in pot

Even NASA finds this plant amazing when it comes to purifying indoor air. The best part is that you can bring this plant outdoors when it’s done working inside.

What it cleans: Almost anything and everything, from ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Garden mums are readily available at any garden store and are incredibly inexpensive.

 

 

Peace Lily

Peace lily

The name just sounds clean and pure, doesn’t it? Peace lily. A small plant that’s easy to grow, peace lilies actually flower and adapts very well to low lighting conditions.

What it cleans: If you’re painting, you definitely want to have a peace lily around. They can clean the air of benzene (which can be found in paints, furniture wax and polishes). It also removes acetone too.

 

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

One of the easiest indoor plants to care for, its unique feature are leaves which contain a clear liquid that’s packed with vitamins and other elements which have amazing healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

What it cleans: Formaldehyde doesn’t stand a chance when pitted in a room against an aloe plant.

 

 

Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Snake plant

This plant is incredibly tough and thrives in low light conditions. One thing to note is that it does need to be watered on a fairly consistent basis.

What it cleans: This plant performs two jobs at once; it lowers carbon dioxide for a slight oxygen boost while removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

 

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