Many people have plants in and around their home for decoration but did you know that certain plants can serve a secondary purpose? It is commonly known that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, but many plants can actually help improve your indoor air quality.
Did you know that the air in your home is polluted with all sorts of nasty things such as formaldehyde and other damaging pollutants? And those pollutants come from a variety of different sources such as: combustion sources, building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing insulation, wet/damp carpet, cabinetry or furniture made of certain wood products, household cleaning products, personal care, heating and cooling systems, humidification devices and miscellaneous outdoor sources. (US Consumer Product Safety Commission)
If you’re a stay-at-home mom like me, that means you and your babies spend a lot of your time breathing in those pollutants. Scary! When I discovered how nasty our indoor air quality really can be–most times worse than outdoor air–I researched ways to improve our home air quality.
While it is highly unrealistic to get new carpet, mattresses, paint, furniture etc. that are all non-toxic and don’t off-gas bad pollutants into the air, there are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home. First being to get rid of the the toxic things in your home that you do have control over such as cleaning supplies and beauty supplies. You’ll also want to make sure your home gets proper ventilation by opening windows or doors to let fresh air in. Now, I know we can’t always have the windows open because of various temperatures and weather circumstances, so another way to improve air quality–and decorate your space–is by adding plants around your house.
Studies have been done to test the plants that do best with removing formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air. And luckily, the list ranges from plants that can be hung, to plants that stay on the ground. If you have pets or curious children, you’ll want to make sure the plants you choose to keep in your home are safe for the pets or you can choose to hang them to keep them out of the way. I love the look of hanging plants in bedrooms and on shelves throughout the home, and so that is what I chose to do. Many of the plants have a different style as well and so you can easily incorporate the plant that will work best in your home.
- Golden Pothos (removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide)
2. Asparagus Fern (removes formaldehyde)
3. Bird’s Nest Succulent (removes formaldehyde)
4. Aloe Vera (removes formaldehyde)
5. Spider Plant (removes carbon monoxide, formaldehyde)
6. Elephant Ear Philodendron (removes formaldehyde)
7. English Ivy (removes benzene)
8. Ficus (removes formaldehyde)
9. Chinese Evergreen (removes formaldehyde)
10. Peace Lily (removes benzene, trichloroethylene)
Some plants are easier to care for than others, so if you have a brown-thumb or are new to caring for indoor plants, try opting for aloe vera or a golden pothos plant to start! Indoor plants are beautiful and if you choose to hang them, you can make your own macrame plant hanger that adds a bohemian look to your decor. I’d love to hear what plants you choose to purchase or what plants you already tend to in your home.