10 House Plants That Will Detox Your Home
~ Christina Menefee
Now that we are getting into the colder months, we will most likely be spending more time indoors. That means getting less fresh air and inhaling that stale dry indoor air. What’s a girl to do?
I pondered that thought for a while and came up with this simple and quite obvious idea.
Plants are excellent natural air purifiers. During photosynthesis, plants are continuously taking in carbon dioxide and other airborne toxins to produce oxygen. That’s what you call instant air filtration! It has been estimated that 15-20 spider plants can completely detoxify a home of less than 2000 square feet. The rule of thumb is 1 plant per 100 square feet. There are many other plants that work to purify as well.
Having that many plants sounds like a lot but consider the benefits. Plants are natural and cost effective, they beautify your home and they really bring the outdoors in. You can use hanging baskets, plant stands, and windowsills. If you have children or pets, be sure to keep any plant that is poisonous out of reach.
Here are some common living air purifiers:
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Golden Pothos (epipremnum aureum) toxic to animals
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum species) poisonous
- Fern (Pteris species and nephrolepsis species)
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum ‘Silver Queen’)
- Weeping Fig (ficus benjamina)
- Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron sp) poisonous
- Mums (Chrysanthemum sp) poisonous
- Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera sp)
- Aloe Vera (Aloe barbabensis)
Don’t forget about herbs! They also filter the air and are easily grown indoors. Rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, and mint are just a few that not only filter the air and offer aromatic properties, they add wonderful flavor to our food. Bring the garden inside and detoxify!