The great thing about having live plants in your home is that they help purify the air by soaking in carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen. Studies also show that plants can help calm and soothe you, making your home a relaxing place. Clean air and less stress can translate to better looks by helping keep your skin, hair and weight healthy. If you’re ready to look your best, consider putting these plants somewhere in your house.
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Not only are spider plants really easy to take care of, but they are also one of your top choices for purifying your home. Placing one of these plants in your space helps clear out formaldehyde and xylene, leaving your house cleaner and safer. Spider plants like bright areas with indirect sunlight. When they release tiny shoots, you can snap them off, root them in some water and start a whole new spider plant.
If you want something larger, a ficus is one your best choices. They can grow to 10 feet tall so they are perfect for foyers and bedrooms with high ceilings. A ficus will do best in a bright location with lots of indirect sunlight. While you’re enjoying your ficus tree, it’s soaking up benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. You can move your ficus outdoors during the summer and back inside when winter comes.
Looking for something that gets flowers? A peace lily is the plant for you. It gets really pretty flowers and will bloom often if you give it the right care. That includes a shady area where it won’t get too hot or too cold. Among the pollutants that peace lilies will battle for you are ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Who knew something so pretty could be so good for you?
Here’s a plant that can grow indoors and outdoors. Scatter some inside and put some on your patio and deck too. Garden mums clear the air of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Mums come in lots of pretty colors so you can easily choose those that match your décor or that make you happy. Mums have a yummy scent too so you really can’t go wrong.
If you have a great humid place, such as sunroom or enclosed patio, a Boston fern is a wonderful choice for you. They soak up formaldehyde and xylene while also looking elegant and classy. Boston ferns need moist soil so if you choose this type of plant, be sure you are watering it on a regular basis.
I love aloe vera because it can be used as part of your landscaping outdoors, but can also be grown in pots inside your home. They clear out all kinds of pollutants, including formaldehyde so it’ll be great for both indoor and outdoor spaces. You can also snap off a piece of the aloe vera and use the gel inside to treat burns.
This one goes by several names that also include sansivierian and mother-in-law’s tongue. It’s super easy to take care of and only needs water when the soil gets dry. I have these in my kids’ rooms because they are so hearty and don’t need a ton of light. They also soak up xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Do you like having live houseplants at home? Which of these do you think you’ll choose next?
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