Did you know that you can purify the air in your home just by introducing a bit of nature? Plants are the easiest and prettiest way to add life and vitality to your home whilst also cleansing the air.
With all of the toxic substances we use on a daily basis in our homes, we need a way to purify the air and breathe fresh air. Formaldehydes are released from a wide range of every day sources we use in the home. The possible effects these toxins have on our body range from allergic reactions, breathing problems, skin irritations and other negative impacts which we would all rather avoid!
Formaledhyde can be produced by burning candles (which I love doing and will never stop!), cleaning products, air fresheners, perfume, bubble baths…. the list goes on.
It can also be produced by car exhausts so if your home is on a busy road these plants will take the first step to better air quality at home.
Here are the best 5 plants to have in the home to cleanse and purify the air.
Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
- Removes benzene, formaldehydes and other toxins from the air.
- To take care of your air purifying plant keep it in bright light but not direct sunlight.
Snake plant (Sansevieria)
- A very low maintenance plant – perfect if you don’t have green fingers.
- Great for bedrooms as the snake plant converts CO2 to oxygen at night, whilst you sleep.
- This plant also eliminates formaldehydes – win win!
- Another plant which is the perfect companion in your bedroom. Aloe vera works to purify air during the night.
- Also great to keep on hand in the kitchen as the gel inside works wonders to heal burns – which I definitely need, I am a clumsy cook!
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Known to work towards absorbing carbon monoxide – this plant is a little wonder.
- To look after him keep in a light spot but away from any radiators.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
- If you have open fires, this plant is for you. Tackling fireplace smoke and freshening up the air.
- They really like bright light but they don’t like to be moved!
So there you have it, as if you needed anymore excuses to adorn your home with plants of all shapes and sizes!