Houseplants: Our Natural Air purifier

“I need some air” Is a quote heard around the world. We run outside when we feel like the air is too thick, too stuffy, and even not there. Nature is where the fresh air is, clean and crisp, so why haven’t we all brought nature’s air purifier inside?

Going outside isn’t the only way to get fresh air, all we need to do is bring the outside in.

Plants absorb the toxins around us and release clean oxygen, so it would make sense that when creating the calm and pure space you call home, it’s also surrounded by clean air.

Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)

Rubber Plants have large leaves which allow them to absorb a large number of toxins faster than plants with smaller leaves. These toxins (like carbon dioxide) are drawn down into the plant’s roots where they are broken down and clean oxygen is released. Rubber Plants also have anti-bacterial properties in which they can absorb bacteria and mold spores in the air which can dramatically reduce the bacteria and mold in a room.

Rubber Plants are pretty easy to care for, so even if you don’t have the greenest thumb you and this plant will have a long happy life together. Rubber Plants also do better when they are under-watered instead of overwatered so make sure the soil is dried out before you water again.

Snake Plant (Mother in Laws Tounge)

Snake Plants are also great at absorbing large amounts of toxins like carbon monoxide and releasing only the good stuff. They also absorb toxins like benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde

Like Rubber plants, you should make sure the soil is dry before watering it again. Snake plants are commonly referred to as “virtually Indestructible” so you can adopt this plant into your life worry-free.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily plants are one of many NASA approved and tested plants to improve air quality. These plants can help improve your indoor air quality by 60 percent. Just like Rubber Plants they can absorb mold spores from the air as they use them as food. Put one in your bathroom to help prevent mildew growth and absorb the toxins from alcohol and nail polish remover.

Peace Lilys can grow to be pretty sizable so make sure you have a good amount of space for her to grow, or buy a smaller version to maintain her size. Peace Lilys are also very easy to care for and doesn’t require a green thumb to keep her in your life.