It’s spring cleaning time! Allergy and eczema sufferers may benefit from adding certain plants to a spring cleaning routine. In addition to a good "KonMari" of your closets and cleaning out your basement, adding in some plants can help to clean the air in your home. Certain house plants are an effective and beautiful way to reduce toxins in your home. There’s even a plant that will act as a natural humidifier. It’s not just dirt, dust, and dust mites that can cause health issues. Your beautiful new leather sofa, new carpet or wood cabinets can release formaldehyde and other toxins into your home. Symptoms of indoor air pollution can include irritated eyes, headaches, and dizziness. Adding certain plants in your home can reduce carbon dioxide, produce fresh oxygen, and absorb toxic particles from your air.
Which plants are best for boosting your home’s air quality? Below we list some wonderful options to try. We also have links to helpful charts with plants and the different benefits to your indoor air. Just make sure to pay attention to your new plant and don't let it become a dust collector. It's a good idea to water and dust regularly.
The Areaca Palm – This house plant will add some humidity to your air. Can't wait to try this as we live in Denver where it’s very dry year-round.
The Dracaena – The shiny deep green leaves of this plant are known to trap allergens.
Aloe Vera Plant – A hardy plant, the Aloe removes formaldehyde and works as a burn and healing ointment.
Bamboo – Some believe this plant brings good fortune. It also removes formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
English Ivy – This plant is great for asthma and allergy suffers as it's thought to reduce mold and removes benzene and formaldehyde.
Peace Lily – This plant is very resilient. I know as I've had one for over 10 years and I don't have a green thumb! It will bloom a white flower in the spring and it will help to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
Spider Plant – The leaves of this popular plant are known to absorb mold and dust!
Chrysanthemum Flowers – Even flowers can make a difference in air quality. Try this colorful flower as it removes ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.
The references below can be helpful when you're shopping for a new plant.
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