Indoor plants that are good for your home and health!
Did you know that some houseplants can absorb carbon dioxide, filter pollutants and release oxygen? According to NASA’s Clean Air Study it’s true! Here are some helpful plants and their benefits.
Houseplants can make the air in your home fresher.
They filter out common indoor pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, (also known as volatile organic compounds - VOCs) which are found in items such as glues, paints, furniture wax, and cleaning products.
Taking care of houseplants can also reduce stress and anxiety, improving your mood and concentration, and boosting your confidence.
Boston ferns are air-cleaning champs. They're all about reducing VOCs in your space. They like medium bright light and a bit more TLC in the watering department. Plant some fern-tastic ferns!
These green beauties are like nature's air purifiers. In NASA’s study, spider plants removed a whopping 95% of toxic formaldehyde from the air in just 24 hours. Plus, they're super easy to take care of (which is great for those of us with less than green thumbs!).
If you want your space to exude tranquillity, peace lilies are the way to go. They can help reduce carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making your home feel fresher. How to save a dying houseplant
When you picture a houseplant, it's probably a pothos. Also called devil's ivy, these guys have heart-shaped leaves in vibrant shades of green. They're super easy to grow, needing just a bit of indirect sunlight and a sprinkle of water. They can help lower indoor ozone levels and clear the air of VOCs. Indoor plants for less than perfect conditions
This versatile plant is like your personal air cleaner, taking care of carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and other toxins. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors, making it quite adaptable. Just make sure it gets some sunlight and a good drink when the soil dries out. Bring the outdoors in with some indoor gardening
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant part of the ‘thriving on neglect’ club – it just keeps on living! Its thick, rainbow-like leaves make it particularly pretty, and it’s the go-to plant for removing xylene from the home, which is commonly used in paints, adhesives, magic markers, and nail polish.
It treats rashes, soothes burns and improves immune systems, but that’s not all it can do. It’s also a great remover of formaldehyde and it soaks up benzenes too.
Great for getting rid of airborne mold. The ivy needs lots of watering and plenty of air, so is slightly more high maintenance than some indoor plants.
Great for removing toxic trichloroethylene, which can build up in carpets and furniture and is found in metal-cleaners, as well as varnishes, glues, and paint removers. Keep in in the indirect sunlight.
And when you're cleaning your house, don't forget your plants!
Having these plant pals around is a win-win, adding beauty to your space while making the air cleaner. If you have plant nibbling pets or small children, here are some plants to avoid.