Kitchen hoods are a must-have for eliminating cooking odors, and can help to clean the air in an open concept kitchen. But what about those nasty VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) swirling around our homes? According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), VOCs are potentially harmful gasses that can be emitted from a number of household sources, from the paint on our walls to the cleaning products we use on a daily basis. Thankfully, there is a simple, green solution to further help improve indoor air quality — houseplants! These air-purifying plants help to create a healthier environment for you and your family, and can add a touch of natural beauty to your home as well!
This elegant houseplant has trailing (and climbing) foliage in varying shades of green. There are several varieties to pick from, but all have been proven effective in helping to clear the air of VOCs like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Studies also show English Ivy can help reduce mold spores in the home. English Ivy prefers full or part sun, and can be propagated from stem cuttings.
Ever popular, this houseplant is known for its narrow, upright foliage that features variegated shades of green. Dracaena is low maintenance and perfect for containers. It likes indirect sunlight and can grow anywhere from one to 20 feet tall, making it perfect for your TV room cabinetry shelves or a large corner of your open concept kitchen. According to the famous NASA Clean Air Study, Dracaena is one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde from the air, as well as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and other VOCs.
This spring favorite has big blossoms in bright, beautiful colors, including red, yellow, pink, white, orange, or purple! They grow well in containers and would make a lovely centerpiece for a kitchen table. Gerbera Daisies need lots of sunshine and can grow to be a foot tall or more. Unlike other plants, Gerbera Daisies continue to release oxygen throughout the night and can help improve sleep when placed in a bedroom.
This tropical plant thrives in low light and can help remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. It’s easy to care for and requires little light or water to thrive. Best of all, the Peace Lily has beautiful white flowers and shiny green leaves, making it a lovely and showy addition to the home.
This air purifying houseplant has tall, dramatic foliage. According to the aforementioned NASA study, the Snake Plant absorbs formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene. It likes lots of bright light and humidity, making it well suited for placement in a sunny bathroom window.
While these plants can help purify the air in your home, they can also be toxic, so be sure to keep them away from children and pets.
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