Plants can help with Cleaning your air

Plants can help with Cleaning your air

Do you feel the air gets stale in the winter time ?

Mother Nature’s Air Purifiers

Plants that improve indoor air quality

UPDATED ON Dec 31, 2015 PUBLISHED ON October 1, 2015 WRITTEN BY Jesse Vernon Trail

Mother Nature’s Air Purifiers

Fight airborne toxins in your home by growing certain types of indoor plants.

With winter fast approaching, we will be spending more and more time indoors. This is a perfect time to consider some special indoor plants to help keep the air clear of toxins.

Torpedoing toxins

While certain indoor plants show promise in eliminating toxins, there are other important steps we can take to decrease indoor toxins and airborne particles. These include

never using a power generator indoors— including in an attached garage

getting a professional to inspect appliances and chimneys annually

vacuuming to help keep dust and particles from the air

regular carpet and upholstery cleaning

maintaining a healthy humidity level in the home

having vents for the stove

proper fresh air circulation

not idling cars or gas-powered devices near doors or windows

air filtration (consider a planter with an activated charcoal filtration system to maximize the air-cleaning performance of plants)

Plants versus pollutants

In addition to the steps above, try growing these houseplants to help purify indoor air. Keep in mind that the soil and root zones of plants play an important role in air purification, so try to keep as much soil exposed to the air as possible. This could mean trimming off low-growing leaves on some of the plants as needed.

1. Aloe vera

This is the famous healing plant that no home should be without. It’s great for treating minor cuts and sunburns—and for ridding the air of a more insidious threat: formaldehyde. Grow aloe vera by a bright or sunny window in well-drained soil that’s kept slightly on the dry side.

2. English ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy is an attractive climbing or trailing evergreen plant with many cultivars to choose from. It prefers moisture in the air (or misting) and moist, well-drained soil in a partially sunny to shady location. The plant is adept at clearing several toxins from the air, including toluene and benzene.

3. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Grown for its grasslike, often striped foliage, this is an undemanding plant that thrives in medium to light shade and moist air. It is popular for hanging baskets. The spider plant cleans several toxins from the air, but is perhaps best known for decreasing carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide levels, as well as ethylbenzene and formaldehyde.

4. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant has long, fleshy, pointed leaves with several variegated forms to choose from. It rarely flowers indoors. It is undemanding, though it prefers well-drained soil with bright to indirect light. In a recent study of 12 plant species, snake plant was the most effective at removing toluene from the air.

5. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

The peace lily blooms reliably well indoors with attractive oval, white, papery spathes and leathery, glossy leaves. These plants prefer well-drained soil and filtered light with moderate to high humidity levels. The peace lily helps clear the air of many toxins, including benzene, trichloroethylene, and more.

6. Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Golden pothos is an attractive evergreen vine that is effective as a trailer or climber. Its leathery, bright to dark green leaves are splashed or marbled with yellow. It prefers fairly rich, moist yet well-drained soil in bright, filtered light. Golden pothos can help clear the air of formaldehyde, and it also helps to remove benzene.

7. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

The Boston fern has a graceful arching habit that is especially attractive in hanging baskets. It is a hardy, easy-to-grow evergreen plant. It prefers fairly rich, well-drained soil, moderate to high humidity with good air circulation and bright, filtered light. The Boston fern works well against formaldehyde; in fact, a recent study found ferns to be the most efficient class of plants for removing formaldehyde.

8. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

The weeping fig is a popular houseplant that prefers fairly rich, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade exposure. The weeping fig helps to remove a variety of pollutants from the air, including octane, terpene, and xylene.

9. Dracaena, especially red edged (D. marginata), Warneckei (D. deremensis ‘Warneckei’), and Janet Craig (D. deremensis ‘Janet Craig’)

Draceanas are well-known indoor houseplants that prefer well-drained soil and partial shade. They are good at removing a variety of toxins from the air. The red edged variety is particularly good at clearing xylene from the air, while D. deremensis varieties are adept at clearing trichloroethylene from the air. a

Toxic plants

Some plants remove toxins from the air but are toxic themselves if consumed. Keep the following air-cleaning plants out of the reach of children and pets:

English ivy and the peace lily.

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Karen Egoff, is a Wellness coach, Reiki and Yoga teacher and in 2017 will be a Nutritionist.

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Aloe vera is among many plants that can clean your home.

Plants can help with Cleaning your air

Easy to find Spider Plant, great for clearing the air in your home

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