Winter isn’t easy on most of us. During the frigid temperatures, snow and ice piling up it can be hard to get outside for fresh air. If you are anything like me, you spent most of the winter inside. Winter may be on its way out, but that just means its the perfect time to start preparing for next winter!
While being inside can be refreshing, it can also be hard on our respiratory system. We don’t think about it, but there are many chemicals in our homes. One of the most prevalent chemicals and hardest to get rid of is Formaldehyde. It’s found in household glues, natural gas stoves, sealants, paints and more. Luckily, air purifying plants can help that.
Below is a list of some of the top air purifying plants and how they can be used to purify your space.
1. Boston Fern- Boston ferns are known to remove more formaldehyde than any other plant. Boston Ferns can remove other chemicals too.
2. Palm Trees- Although not common in Ohio, Palm Trees are known for being extra air purifying.
3. Rubber Plants- Rubber plants require low light, so these are good for a dark office space and are low maintenance.
4. English Ivy- Even though English Ivy can damage the home’s exterior, if you bring it inside it makes a awesome air purifier. English Ivy is both low light and sunlight. It likes a little bit of both and it is a beautiful decorative plant!
5. Peace Lily- This is one of my favorites because it is so pretty! It also removes certain chemicals that are found in cleaning products, as well as formaldehyde. This plant is also a low light plant making it good for the home and office.
6. Golden Pothos- Golden Pothos are known for being really hard to kill. This is a good starter air purifying plant, especially for those without a green thumb.
7. Aloe- This is an easy-growing succulent that helps remove formaldehyde and benzene. Aloe would go best in a sunny living room or kitchen window. Also, aloe can help heal burns or cuts so it is a double win!
8. Snake plant- This is a good one for a bathroom because it will thrive in humidity and low light, while also removing the formaldehyde found in cleaning products, toilet paper and more.
9. Dracaena- Dracaena minimizes combat pollutants from oils. This plant grows inside easily and can reach up to 12 feet! That’s tall!
10. Chinese Evergreen- This plant removes all kinds of air pollutants and more toxins as time and exposure continue. With low light, this plant will produce blooms and little red berries.
11. Spider plants- Spider Plants are one of the easiest plants to keep alive, while helping remove formaldehyde and xylene.
12. Weeping Fig- This plant helps remove multiple toxins and can grow between two and ten feet tall!
Here are a few great options we found down the street at Oakland Nursery!
Plants are among one of my favorite ways to spruce up my home. Though I have learned what not to do, I have also learned a lot and feel so much better with a house full of green. Our salon is also full of air purifying plants and we plan to make air purifying plants a major focus in Virtues new location opening in June!
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