Plants as home decor are all the craze right now. They look beautiful and add life to the home, but they can also be used to purify the air of germs and toxins while providing oxygen.
Modern furnishings, building materials and even your carpet carry chemicals that we aren't even aware of. They make up over 90% of the germs and toxins within our homes.
... But plants can come in and save the day!
Plants clear out pollution within homes by purifying the air and providing clean oxygen for us to breathe in. NASA recommends two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet.
Plants not only purify the air but they are also known to increase mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory and reduce stress and fatigue.
Here are 6 of the best air-purifying plants for your home.
This plant is known for being one of the easiest plants to care for since it only needs to be watered every couple of weeks. Snake plants thrive in any area of the home, where there is no need for direct access to sunlight.
Spider Plant This plant is known to be easy to care for. It needs to be watered 2-3 times per week. It eliminates formaldehyde and xylene from the air. It is beautiful in a hanging pot since the leaves tend to get pretty long.
This plant eliminates many different chemicals from the air including formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform. To care for this plant, the soil needs to be kept moist while being in a bright area but not in direct sunlight. Bamboo palms also give out moisture, which is great for dry skin in the winter months.
I love having lilies around my home. It purifies the air of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia, and more. NASA has discovered that peace lilies are one of the top 3 purifying plants to remove household toxins. This plant needs the soil to be kept moist and does not require a specific lighting.
Chrysanthemums This plant is seen as the best for air purification, where it eliminates all household toxins. The soil must be kept damp. Although it is great to have in your home, it only blooms for about six weeks.
Aloe vera is known for its skin healing properties, but it is also great for air purification. It needs to be kept in direct sunlight, but does not require a lot of maintenance since it is a part of the succulent family. The soil must remain dry, where it should be water once every 1-3 weeks.