Did you know that certain indoor plants can help purify your indoor air? That’s right! Here’s our guide to indoor plants you should have in your home.
Like we said, there are many plants that can help “clean” your indoor air, BUT if they are not properly taken care of, they could actually make your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) worse. But that’s not all, it’s also important to be aware of the dangers the plants you have in your home especially if they are ingested by curious pets or children.
Orchids: You may have heard the horror stories of people trying to keep them alive, but the real trick is to find the right balance. Too little water and not enough sunlight can cause them to die, but too much water and sunlight can cause them to meet their demise too.
Filters: xylene, a pollutant found in many glues and paints
Palms: Beautiful, exotic-looking, and easy to grow!
Filters: formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide
Philodendrons: Easy! They need very little attention to thrive.
Filters: xylene, a toxin found in glues and leathers
Aloe Vera: Aloe is mostly known for medical uses, but it’s also easy to keep alive! They don’t need any special maintenance, but make sure you don’t ignore or forget them completely or they may dry out.
Filters: formaldehyde and benzene
Peace Lily: Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering.
Filters: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
Snake Plant: Allow soil to dry between waterings, do not overwater. Place in a spot that gets indirect sunlight.
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene
English Ivy: Keep them moist during the winter.
Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.
Did you know? Studies have shown that house plants can help improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15%, reduce stress, and boost your mood! Looking for some inspiration? Check out this great article about how to decorate and brighten up your home using plants!
Like we said earlier, you need to be aware of the dangers of some plants especially around dogs, cats, and children.
Tip: Ask your local greenhouse about pet-safe and allergy-safe indoor plants.
Or look up which plants are toxic to animals on the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants page.
But wait, there’s more…
Here are some other ways you can keep the air in your home clean:
- Keep your floors clean
- Avoid synthetic cleaners or air fresheners (look at the label!)
- Reduce humidity
- Increase ventilation
- Change your air filters regularly. Need to restock? Order our filters for your home by clicking here.