It is always worth treating yourself to something uplifting that you can enjoy for a long time, so next time you have that craving to buy something new, go out and get yourself a houseplant. There are so many benefits to filling your home with plants as not only do they help clean the air in your home, they are a great addition to the décor and they can offer comfort and boost mental health, especially if you live alone or spend a lot of time indoors. It doesn’t matter how big or small your home is there will always be space for a plant.
Glossary of Pollutants:
Ammonia – caused by aerosols and spays used in the home.
Benzene – caused by glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents.
Formaldehyde – caused by emissions, disinfectants and preservatives in consumer products.
Trichloroethylene – caused by industrial work e.g. homes undergoing renovation.
Xylene and Toluene – caused by a variety of household and consumer products.
Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
This plant will stay with you for a long time. If looked after properly it can live for many years. Poisonous if you try and eat them but they clear up nitrogen oxide and formaldehyde from the air. It also filters formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.
To brighten up your home Chrysanthemums are great as they grow big, colourful flowers. They are relatively inexpensive and are great at purifying the air (according to NASA they’re the best!). They remove ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and benzene from the air whilst looking gorgeous at the same time. As a cut flower they can last from 7 to 14 days, sometimes longer depending on the variety, so next time you’re after a new flower arrangement make sure you include some of these.
This is another easy to care for plant which offers loads of health benefits! As well as removing formaldehyde from the air, the liquid which can be found in the leaves has many antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to sooth burns.
If you have an empty corner that needs filling, then this bigger plant has you covered. It is perfect for your living room as it can be sensitive to drafts but loves being in the light and it also fights loads of pollutants. It fights toluene which is a pollutant that can be found in fireplace smoke, furniture and common household products.
This elegant plant is a beautiful centre piece to decorate your home with and despite the fact that it flowers (which can seem off-putting at first) it is really easy to look after. It is happy in the shade, doesn’t require much water and will bloom fragrant flowers throughout summer. They remove pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene.
Removing up to 90% of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air this is another super easy plant to grow. They like to live in bright light and they will grow flowers which eventually turn into new baby spider plants. They have long drooping leaves so look decorative placed up high so they can hang down. This plant is also safe if you have any pets.
Another plant that looks great placed somewhere high or in a hanging basket is English Ivy. It works well in bathrooms and toilets as it reduces formaldehyde which can be found in cosmetic products.
For inspiration on where to put all of your beautiful new plants, take a look at this previous post –