Poor air quality in your home can have a negative impact on your family’s health—and you could be contributing to the problem without even knowing it.
Luckily, there are ways to breathe easier that don’t require buying expensive air purifiers.
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve air quality is by incorporating houseplants into your home décor. Thanks to their ability to absorb toxins, certain plants can double as decoration and a practical solution to your air quality problems.
Here are a few of the best air purifying plants to add to your home.
Known for their hardiness, spider plants are ideal for new plant owners who might not have a natural green thumb. They grow best in hanging baskets and will even produce small “pup” plants that you can repot for double the air-purifying power.
These readily available florist favorites are among the best when it comes to air purification. Chrysanthemums can help eliminate common toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and benzene, as well as ammonia. Unfortunately, since it’s their flowers that are the key to purifying the air, you can only count on the effects when mums are in bloom.
In a test of ability to absorb volatile organic compounds, bromeliads recorded a purification rate of 80 percent in all but two of the VOCs tested. As an added bonus, bromeliads are also very easy to care for, requiring only minimal water once per week. You can buy bromeliads online here.
Ranked by NASA as one of the top three plants for ability to remove toxins, peace lilies can eliminate a long list of common household toxins, including ammonia. And, similar to spider plants, peace lilies are also resilient and can withstand the occasional owner neglect.
It might seem hard to believe that the beautiful, tropical appeal of an orchid could also serve a practical purpose in your home, but it’s true. Since orchids are particularly adept at removing xylene from the air, they make the perfect gift for someone who has recently painted or renovated a home. And you won’t have to worry about gifting a plant that’s difficult to take care of since orchids are so low maintenance.
So, next time you’re pricing out expensive air purifiers, ask yourself if relying on a little natural beauty to minimize the air pollution in your home might do the trick. You’ll save money and get to enjoy new décor — and that’s a win-win.
Start breathing easier: buy an orchid online today.