What plants help clean the air in your home?
Your home is your safe place, the place where you should be safe and comfortable. Did you know that your home and its contents are harboring invisible toxins? Most plastics, carpet, furniture, cleaning chemicals, and building materials contain unhealthy toxins such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Formaldehyde is found in glues, paint, and carpets while benzene is found in plastics, lubricants, and rubber. Also, trichloroethylene is typically found in adhesives, paint removers, and other items. Many common houseplants, however, are able to filter the air in your home and make a healthier living environment.
Aloe vera, spider plants, snake plants, golden pothos, English ivy, bamboo palm, and peace lilies are all succulent plants that clean the air in your home. Aloe Vera is an easy to grow plant that filters air and doubles as a healing ointment. Aloe is best grown in a window that is exposed to sun. Spider plants are resilient plants with small white flowers. Snake plants are a great choice for the bathroom as they thrive in humid conditions and are the number one plant for filtering out formaldehyde. Golden pothos are easy to grow and are great for the garage as it thrives in the dark. English ivy is known to reduce airborne fecal matter particles, thus a good addition to the bathroom. Bamboo palm or reed palm filter trichloroethylene and benzene and are aesthetically pleasing. Finally, the peace lily is a gorgeous plant for removing just about any common toxin.