Green Up Your Home with Houseplants
It’s not pleasant to think about, but we all have pollution inside our homes.Â Regardless of howÂ shiny the inside of your home may appear or how much scrubbing and cleaning you do, it’s what you can’t see that canÂ be harmful. Many common household products and building materials are responsible for theÂ contaminants found in our indoor environments. So, what’s the solution? Well, it just may be that beautiful, green peace lily sitting by the window in your living room.
Okay, houseplants can’t single-handedly remove major air pollution in your home, but they can certainly reduce the number of toxins found indoors. We also know that plantsÂ are great forÂ adding moisture to the airÂ andÂ producing oxygen.Â English Ivy, Janet Craig Dracaena, Weeping Fig and the Peace Lily are just a few of theÂ houseplants that areÂ very efficientÂ at removingÂ contaminants from the air.
Formaldehyde is a common indoor pollutant usually originating from items such as papertowels, particleboard, carpet backings, permanent press clothing,Â as well as beingÂ releasedÂ by gas stoves. TheÂ Bosten Fern and Dwarf Date Palm are two indoor houseplantsÂ known to be very effective in reducing levels of formaldehyde inside the home.
Toluene and Xylene are two harmful volatile organic chemicals whichÂ may beÂ lurking inside your home, as well. These two chemicals can be emitted from some paints, stains, varnishes, upholstery, computer screens as well as many other common household products. The Areca Palm, Dwarf Date Palm and Moth Orchid are very effective in removal ofÂ Toluene and Xylene.
The houseplantsÂ that you purchased as a pretty, decorative addition to your homeÂ areÂ working very hard toÂ maintain a clean, green environment. So, if you have opted for the low maintenance silk variety, you may just want to reconsider. If you’re looking for a simple, fairly inexpensive way to green the inside of your home, this just may be it!