House plants are great for adding a little brightness to your décor, but did you know that they can make your home environment healthier as well? Certain plants naturally pull toxins and pollutants out of the air, and can even help those suffering from allergies.
Here’s how it works. Plants draw in air through their leaves, and naturally break down some of the pollutants and toxins typically found in the home, including bacteria and fungi. Microorganisms that live on and around the plant roots help to break down these substances as well. These plants then release water vapor, which helps keep the air in your home humid and reduces dust.
Here is a list of some of the best air purifiers out there:
- Spider plants
- Reed palms, dwarf date palms, lady palms, and bamboo palms
- Boston ferns and Australian sword ferns
- Golden pothos
- English ivy
- Rubber plants
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Jade plants
- Gerber daisies
What’s great about these plants, besides their air purification abilities, is that they are typically low-maintenance. Most are very tolerant of a wide range of light, temperatures, and watering conditions. However, they tend to do best when placed a few feet from a window where they can get plenty of bright, indirect sunlight during the day. Some plants fare better when they are misted occasionally. Be sure to read up on plant care practices after choosing your perfect indoor plant.
Remember that in order to clean your air these types of plants must first take it in through their leaves. Don’t forget to wipe those leaves clean of dust regularly so that they can do their job!