We’re all familiar with that relaxing deep breath of fresh air you take when first walking into your home after a long day. Here at Anna’s, we believe in taking small steps to help improve the little things, and today we’re focusing on fresh air with the help of houseplants.
Many of us take fresh air for granted, but did you know that the air in your home can be hiding toxins like formaldehyde, ammonia, carbon monoxide and more? These toxins can be released from household plastics, chemicals in new textiles and carpets, furniture surfaces, vehicle exhausts, everyday sprays, and air “fresheners”. You can take simple steps to help eliminate toxins from your home by adding air purifying houseplants to your cozy spaces. NASA recommends having a houseplant or two for every 100 square feet in your home to help you and your family avoid breathing in harmful toxins.
We have compiled a list of our top 5 favourite Air Purifying Houseplants that will help make your home a healthier (and trendier) place to hang out! Many houseplants absorb harmful toxins while releasing clean, breathable air. As if we didn’t love plants enough already, they work hard to contribute freshness to the air we rely on! Check out these 5 plants with purifying superpowers!
If you love green foliage and an easy-care plant, then a Dracaena might be right for you! This plant comes in several varieties and in all sorts of colours and sizes. The Dracaena plant removes toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene!
2. Golden Pothos
The Golden Pothos is a tropical vine that is sure to thrive in your house! These plants are fast growing and low maintenance! They remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more from the air in your home.
Are you looking for a houseplant with some colour? The Aglaonema, otherwise known as “Chinese Evergreen” displays bright colourful leaves, often found in green, white and pink. This plant likes indirect light, high humidity, and water once every few weeks. The Aglaonema will absorb toxins including benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Sansevieria, commonly known as “Mother in Laws Tongue” or “Snake Plant”, is a common houseplant among homeowners due to its low maintenance tendencies! This means it would be difficult to kill this plant due to its extreme drought tolerance and its ability to survive in low light conditions. This plant comes in several varieties, in which all can help purify your air. The Sansevieria removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene!
5. Peace Lilies
Do you prefer flowering blooms on your plants? The charming white flowers of the Peace Lily contrasting against the dark green foliage make this plant a great choice for modern homes. This plant prefers to be placed in a bright window with evenly moist soil. When you have a Peace Lily in your home expect toxins like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene to be reduced! Peace Lilies are known to be ones of the best plants for removing harmful pollutants in the air!
By simply adding a houseplant to your living space you can reduce the toxins in your air significantly! Plus, who doesn’t love a little green to lively up their interior? Although these are our top 5 favourites, there are other air purifying plants that come highly recommended including Rubber Plant, Spider Plants, Mums and Boston Ferns. Feel confident in the air you breathe and add a few cute houseplants to your home!