Having plants inside your home not only adds a bit of warmth and hominess to your space, but it can also provide purer air. NASA conducted a study about houseplants and found that quite a few of them do more than just look good in the corner — they can purify the air, as well.
So, let’s get personal. Do you have a green thumb or a brown thumb?
Ideally, putting a houseplant in every room is a great idea, but some are better than others — especially if you’re the sort that has a brown thumb. Here are houseplants that will help keep your air clean and are easy as pie to care for.
This plant is so low-maintenance, it’s perfect for people that have trouble taking care of things. It takes very little work on your part to keep it thriving. Simply place it in an area that gets indirect sunlight, and make sure the soil is slightly moist. In return, it will remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene from your home. It can be toxic to pets, so either keep it out of reach of any fur babies or choose another houseplant from the list.
Sometimes called ‘Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,’ this easy-going houseplant can absorb the same toxins as the red-edged dracaena, plus nitrogen oxide. It’s able to handle life with little light exposure for long periods. It does need bright light though, but overwatering it is a bad thing. Again, keep pets away from it.
Another great filterer of airborne toxins is English Ivy. It can even reduce mold in your home, and it’s ideal for humid climates. It only requires a constant temperature, direct sunlight, and generous water to thrive.
One of the easiest to care for plants around is the Peace Lily. It needs little water and light, ideal for those that travel often or tend to be forgetful. Add it to a dark corner of your home and water it once weekly and you’re all set. This isn’t a great choice though if you have curious children or pets. It can be slightly toxic when ingested.
Want beautiful flowers and pure air? This is the houseplant for you. It’s generally used outdoors, but it is a great plant to have in your home if you can care for it. Put it in a sunny place with plenty of water and make sure the soil is well-drained. It can handle fluctuating temperatures, making it ideal for any climate.
This popular perennial loves direct sunlight and needs a medium amount of water to thrive. You’ll get pretty blooms that cleanse your air and will get you many compliments from visitors. If you’re a pet owner though, you should never keep it around. It is extremely poisonous for cats and dogs.
For a list of nontoxic houseplants for you pet-owners, here are some great safe options:
– Calathea rattlesnake
– Spider plant
– Money tree
– Boston fern
– Cast iron plant
– Parlor palm
Houseplants can provide a symbiotic relationship. Choose the one that’s right for your home and let fresh air flourish.