Whether it’s old or new, your home could be harboring unhealthy and invisible toxins.Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air.Therefore, how to reduce the toxins is a very important issue.Lucky for us, nature has a way of keeping itself clean. There are many powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. Here are 10 smart options you can buy at your local nursery.
Care:The peace lily thrives in both low and bright light. Keep the soil slightly moist and feed monthly during spring and summer with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer.
Effect:It rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also sucks up acetone.
Care:Green-leaved varieties will grow in bright indirect light and low-light situations. Pale, variegated forms need bright, indirect light to thrive. Water generously during growth and keep compost moist but not waterlogged through the winter months. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growth.
Effect:Its dense foliage excels at absorbing formaldehyde.
Care: Golden pothos grows in any light situation except direct sunlight. Water it when the soil becomes dry to the touch.
Effect: It tackles formaldehyde, but golden pothos also targets carbon monoxide and benzene. Consider placing one in your mudroom or entryway.
Care:Place in an area with abundant sunlight and this semiwoody succulent will produce pretty clusters of flat white, pink, or red flowers during the summer.
Effect:The wax plant is a heavy hitter in filtering out benzene and chemicals produced by toluene.
Care:Snake plant is extremely forgiving, and in fact will thrive more on neglect rather than too much attention. If you miss a watering, don’t worry! Water the next time you remember. Snake plant will survive in low light conditions, or even full sun! Therefore, snake plant is one of the most common and easy-to-care-for plants you can buy.
Effect:In addition to helping lower carbon dioxide, the snake plant rids air of formaldehyde and benzene.
Care:Caring for spider plants is easy.Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. they enjoy cooler temperatures — around 55 to 65 F. (13-18 C.). Spider plants can also benefit from occasional pruning, cutting them back to the base.Since spider plants prefer a semi-potbound environment, repot them only when their large, fleshy roots are highly visible and watering is difficult.
Effect:Put a spider plant on a pedestal or in a hanging basket close to a sunlit window and you’ll benefit from fewer airborne formaldehyde and benzene molecules.
Care:Place your lady palm plant near an east-facing window, out of direct sunlight. They thrive in comfortable indoor temperatures of between 60 and 80 F. (16-27 C.).
Effect:Easy on the eyes, this plant targets ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major ingredient in cleaners, textiles, and dyes.
Care:Place the chrysanthemum in bright, indirect light. Check the soil’s moisture every other day, and keep it damp. Don’t bother with fertilizer, as it won’t re-bloom.
Effect:It can eliminate formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, ammonia.
Care: don’t place it in direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist and feed your plant monthly during summer with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer. Placing the plant where air circulates freely and occasional misting both help deter spider mites.
Effect:It can eliminate formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform, and more
Care:Grow in well-drained potting soil in filtered light and provide high humidity by placing plants above trays of water or by regularly misting with water. Water moderately and allow compost to almost dry out before watering.
Effect:It can eliminate benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and more
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