January 22, 2018
Indoor plants are the perfect way to add both life and color to your home–but their benefits can go beyond interior design and help us create a healthy home.
We know all plants do a great job at adding fresh oxygen to our homes, but some plants go the extra mile at making sure the overall air quality in our homes is safe.
Since the air in our space is not something we typically see, many of us assume it is safe and healthy to breathe. But, this is actually not the case, especially for air that’s indoors. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoor air, which can affect allergies, asthma, productivity, and more–even our quality of sleep.
Luckily, there are certain “air cleaning plants” that can naturally filter common household chemicals.
If you’re interested in adding a plant to your home that will help purify your air, we’re here to help! We’ve teamed up with Léon and George to break down some of our favorite (and easy to care for) air cleaning plants:
Cascading Pothos love to clean chemicals like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and trichloroethylene from your air.
They’re one of the best “beginner plants” because they’ll thrive in lower light, humidity, and cooler temperatures more than most other plants. The Cascading Pothos is perfect for any room–or even as a gift!
Dragon Trees are one of the best plants for removing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from your air.
Dragon Trees like humidity, low light conditions, and can be the perfect addition to any bathroom.
Rubber Trees are great at removing formaldehyde, one of the most common chemicals in a home. They’ll grow best in bright, indirect light and will be a great focal piece for a living room.
Snake plants filter out trichloroethylene, xylene toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde from you air. Plus, they are very easy to care for! They also release oxygen overnight, which makes them a well-known bedroom plant!
Peace Lilies can remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from your air, and can also combat against toluene, xylene, and ammonia.
Peace Lillies love both bright and low light–place them anywhere in your living room to freshen up the air for your family and guests.
If you're still unsure which air plants will be the best fit for your home, a good place to also start is by knowing exactly which air quality factors are affecting your home with the help of Awair. Awair tracks toxins and chemicals in your air and gives your personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
Léon and George make it easy to bring beautiful, high quality greenery into your space. Their curated selection of indoor plants and modern pots create an instant feeling of freshness and style in any interior. All plants come with free delivery, simple care instructions and a 30 day guarantee.
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