10 HOUSEPLANTS THAT PURIFY THE AIR

Adding certain houseplants to your home can help to purify the air of various chemicals and toxins. These plants can help to rid the air in your home of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and carcinogens. And the best part? These plants are pretty tough to kill so, even if your thumb is far from green, much like mine they should still thrive!

Plants are a great way to update your decor and slightly change the look of your home with each season so why not choose plants that can make your environment a little cleaner! Here are ten great plants to consider for your home…..

Boston Fern 

This hardy plant likes a lot of water, indirect light, removes formaldehyde, Xylene and is a natural air humidifier.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant likes medium amounts of water, does best in indirect light, removes formaldehyde and emits a high amount of oxygen. These plants look amazing in decor as well just dust the leaves occasionally!

Palm Tree

The palm tree is one of the hardiest plants out there requiring medium amounts of water, this plant loves a lot of sun and removes formaldehyde and xylene. Palm trees thrive in warm climates.

English Ivy

English Ivy is another very strong plant for those of us lacking the green thumb. With medium amounts of water and indirect sunlight, English Ivy removes formaldehyde and benzene a carcinogen in cigarettes. This plant is also great for allergies and asthma.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is one of the best plants out there for purifying your space.  With a lot of water and indirect light, this plant removes benzene, trichloroethylene, acetone, formaldehyde and mold spores. The peace lily is a great plant for bathrooms.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is another very strong plant that loves water and bright indirect sunlight. This plant is great for decorating in a little hanging pot and removes formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air. Once this plant is thriving it will produce little spider plants you can repot.

Aloe Vera                                          

Aloe vera has so many benefits from removing formaldehyde in the air to healing an array of skin issues and helping with your digestive tract. This plant loves full sunlight and low heat with medium amounts of water.

Dracaena Plant

The dracaena plant is very easy to grow. This plant prefers no direct sunlight, tolerates irregular watering and removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene.  * Toxic to cats and dogs

Snake Plant

The snake plant is another very strong plant (see the theme here we can’t kill them!) that likes water and low light. This plant will remove formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, benzene, and xylene.

Bamboo Plant

The bamboo plant is thought to bring one luck, however, legend has it you should not buy one for yourself it should be gifted to you. This plant likes bright indirect sunlight and removes formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Bamboo is a natural humidifier and can grow extremely fast.

Here are a few really cute pots to go along with your new plants to complete the look for your home! Simply click the photo!

 

 

Want to understand a little more about the toxins these plants are removing from the air…….

Formaldehyde – A colorless, strong-smelling gas found in dry cleaning, a component of adhesives and glues, pressed woods, laminate floors, household products, clothing and personal care products. Harmful because cancer-causing, respiratory illness, and asthma

Benzene – Benzene, also known as benzol, is a hydrocarbon liquid and an effective solvent. Highly flammable, colorless, with a sweet odor. Benzene evaporates quickly and dissolves slightly in water.  Various industries use benzene to make other chemicals, such as styrene (for plastics), cumene (for various resins), and cyclohexane (for nylon and synthetic fibers). Also used in the manufacturing of some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. Because of its wide use, benzene ranks in the top 20 in production volume for chemicals produced in the United States. Originally derived from coal tar, now produced from petroleum. Harmful because studies show this chemical causes bone marrow cancers.

Xylene- is used as a solvent. In this application, with a mixture of isomers, it is often referred to as xylenes or xylol. Solvent xylene often contains a small percentage of ethylbenzene. Like the individual isomers, the mixture is colorless, sweet-smelling, and highly flammable. Usually found in most furniture finishes, nail polish and paints Harmful because may cause harm to the nervous system and major skin irritant.

Trichloroethylene – The chemical compound trichloroethylene is a halocarbon commonly used as an industrial solvent. It is a clear non-flammable liquid with a sweet smell. Found in rugs, paint, and adhesives. Harmful because can lead to liver and kidney cancer and nervous system problems.

Please research on your own before purchasing plants for your home if you have pets!

 

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