The Best House Plants for Your Home

04/05/2017

Having plants in your home is a proven way to clean the air and de-stress your environment. They’re also a great way to bring life and colour into a home. “But they’re so hard to keep and die easily” I hear you say. Well, not necessarily. We’ve put together a list of the best plants to put in your home that clean your air and are incredibly easy to look after.

For reference, here are a few of the toxins we’ll be mentioning that these plants remove:

Formaldehyde: Emitted from vehicle exhausts and found in disinfectants

Xylene: Found in petrol

Toluene: Found in shoe and furniture polish, nail polish, glue and stain removers

Benzene: Found in plastics, pesticides, and detergents

Trichloroethylene: Found in solvents and used in dry cleaning

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a beautiful flowering plant to keep in your home. It’s very low maintenance, and enjoys shade and cooler climates, and could live happily in a north facing room. All you need to do is keep the soil moist, and that’s it. It also reduces the amount of all the toxins listed above from the air. That’s a pretty impressive purifying power!

Snake Plant

Snake plants, otherwise known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, are an easy choice for your home. They don’t need much light or water to survive, so will happily grow wherever you put them.

They also give out oxygen at night, unlike other plants, so add one to your bedroom to breathe better while you’re asleep. Snake plants are great for removing several toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Spider Plant

If you’re new to keeping plants, the Spider plant is a good option. They are happy indoors and are very easy to care for, meaning you have a wide margin for error while you learn how to take care of your plants. This is probably one of the reasons why it’s one of the most common houseplants. In warmer months keep the soil moist, and in colder months water once a week. Simple!

Again, they’re great for purifying the air in your room, removing xylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.

English Ivy

This plant was chosen by NASA as their top house plant for removing formaldehyde from the air. What’s more, it also absorbs faecal matter particles, so having English Ivy in your bathroom would be beneficial.

It’s easy to care for, being happy indoors and preferring medium temperatures and good sunlight. Try putting it on a shelf allowing the vines to grow downwards, creating a draping effect.

Aloe Plant

Aloe is well known for its healing properties and gentle nature, being used to treat burns, cuts and soothe inflamed skin. The plant itself is excellent at purifying the air in your home, removing formaldehyde and benzene found in cleaning products and varnishes. If the toxin level in the air becomes too high, your Aloe plant will let you know by forming brown spots on its leaves.

This plant loves lots of sun, so we’d suggest keeping it on your kitchen window sill or in direct sunlight.

Moth Orchid

Just like the snake plant, moth orchids give off oxygen at night. This means they’re another great addition to your bedroom for fresh air while you sleep. They are also great for removing toluene from the air.

What’s more, they’re a beautiful plant to keep, with beautiful blooms in various colours. If you want a houseplant, but want a bit more colour than just green, a moth orchid is a perfect option.

Now you know the best and easiest houseplants to keep, you can try adding one to your office or bedroom. Reap the benefits of cleaner air, increased oxygen, and a more relaxing environment.

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