Creating A Healthy Home with Plants!
I bet you did not realize that you can purify the air in your home with just simple household plants? Well, it’s true! Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top 5 environmental risks to public health by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Simply due to the fact that the pollutants build up in your home and have no where to go. It can lead to headaches, dizziness, colds, increased sickness and much more!
Plants have the ability to increase mood & productivity, enhance concentration and reduce stress & fatigue. The trick to creating a healthy home with plants to optimize the air purifying qualities, is to add 2 or 3 plants every 100 square feet. I know this might seem like a lot but they only need to be in 8-10” pots. Not only will it make you feel better but it will be beautiful to look at as well!
Here are the top 3 air purifying plants to the rescue!
Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
Also known as air plants, spider plants grow quickly and look great in hanging baskets, especially in your work space. Sometimes they even produce lovely white blossoms.
Spider plants have more than 200 species and many of them can survive a little forgetfulness from us.
Plant care: Water your spider plants two to three times a week.
Non-toxic: For children or animals who like to play with swinging things, this plant is safe.
Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene
Dracaenas are a newbie green thumb’s dream. This large group of houseplants comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Choose from the tall corn plant, which has interesting markings, or the rainbow plant, which comes in bright purple.
Plant care: Keep the soil damp but not soggy, as too much water is a kiss of death for this plant.
Toxic to animals: Your cat or dog may vomit, salivate more, or have dilated pupils if they eat dracaenas.
Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, trichloroethylene
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Also known as devil’s ivy, this plant may be as close as plants can get to indestructible. It flourishes in a variety of conditions and can grow up to 8 feet long. It’s also considered one of the most effective indoor air purifiers for removing common toxins.
Plant care: Water when the soil is dry. You can trim the tendrils when the plant gets too big.
Toxic to animals: Keep this plant out of reach for both cats and dogs.
Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more