air purifying houseplants
Keeping plants in your home is one of the easiest ways to quickly improve your quality of life. It can seem daunting at first if you’re a notorious plant-killer like me (I’m terrible at remembering to water them) but there are plenty plants that are low-maintenance, look nice in your home, and purify the air you breathe. I’d recommend having 1-2 plants per room to maximize air quality – even more if you have the space! The following plants can be found at most health food stores or nurseries, as well as on Amazon.
the snake plant
I couldn’t believe how easy a snake plant is to maintain – it only needs water every few weeks or so, and thrives indoors in indirect light. The snake plant is actually one of the top plants for air purification identified by NASA – it removes over 100 air pollutants! Hopefully you don’t have quite that many in your home - some of the more common ones would be carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, chloroform, and benzene. I recommend placing a snake plant in your bedroom – it removes CO2 and releases oxygen at night, giving you a healthy boost while you sleep! My husband and I noticed a difference in the air just on the second day of having a snake plant in our room.
the spider plant
Another NASA-approved plant, spider plants are another low-maintenance plant that looks great and removes multiple toxins from the air. They’re perfect as a hanging plant in your home – and they also reproduce easily, with “spiders” growing off the main plant that you can cut and re-plant in another pot.
my favorite – the aloe plant
I first bought an Aloe plant about three years ago, and it has multiplied like crazy since then. One small aloe plant turned into twenty! I keep one plant in the bedroom and one in the kitchen – the rest are outdoors for now until we figure out what to do with them all. Aloe is sooo easy to maintain, indoor and outdoors. Not only does the aloe plant have the same NASA-approved toxin-removing benefits as the snake plant and the spider plant, but fresh aloe gel has so many beneficial uses as well. Keeping an aloe plant means having it available whenever you need it! I’m just a bit clumsy, which leads to getting burned while cooking. Now that I’ve got an aloe plant on hand, burns heal MUCH more quickly. It’s also great to have on hand for any redness, irritation, bug bites – mosquitos love me, sadly, so having the cooling fresh gel on hand to relieve the itchiness is amazing. Fresh aloe gel also makes a great addition to hair and face masks (which I’ll talk more about in another post!).
So what are you waiting for? Go buy a houseplant – or three – and get to breathing better air asap!