Look in any home décor catalog and you’ll see that one of the final touches of a perfectly decorated space is greenery; the more real, the better.
Not only are houseplants beautiful to look at, they play a significant role in cleaning the air. Wasn’t sure that was true? Well, now you do. In fact, NASA studies revealed that several types of houseplants proved beneficial in removing harmful carcinogenic household toxins including: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
You can shelve that eyesore of an air purifier and load up on these beauties: ferns, ivy, orchids, and lilies. (We got you covered with a complete list below.) As if this new information were not enough, we have a video to fuel your inspiration! Get ready — health and beauty are within reach!
Liquid plant food
Pick Your (Anti) Poison: Houseplants known to help clean indoor air include:
Baby Rubber Plant
Dracaena Janet Craig
Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm
Kimberly Queen Fern
Madagascar or Dragon tree
Weeping Fig or Ficus
Find a Permanent Home: Many indoor plants come in a temporary container, but you will likely want to transfer the plant into a permanent, decorative container. You can also set the temporary container in the permanent one, and simply remove to water. For optimal air purification, use one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square feet of your home.
Location is Everything: Be sure to think through the light requirements of each plant you choose, and find a suitable place in your home so they will thrive.
Soil Happens: Over time, it is important to replenish the soil to keep plants healthy and growing. If you’re going for “Houseplant Parent of the Year,” consult a nursery or garden center professional about a liquid plant food to give your plants a little boost.
Drink Up: Different plants have different watering needs, so be sure you understand the water needed for each plant and keep watering schedules balanced. Indoor air tends to be drying so indoor plants may need extra hydration.
Neat & Tidy: Decorate your indoor friends with pebbles or colored moss. From time to time, dust the leaves of your plants with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins.