This guest post is by Heather Green of OnlineNursingDegrees.org.
Commercial air fresheners contain a number of chemicals that can be harmful for you and your family — as well as the environment. Many air fresheners will literally blow chemicals into the air, spreading them onto the surfaces in your home and allowing them to be breathed in by your family and pets.
There are many plants you can keep in your home instead that will clean the air of odors and chemicals, making it safer for your family to breathe the air while also eliminating unfavorable odors. While organic air fresheners are available, there quality cannot always be certain. However, you can always be sure that natural plants will put nothing questionable into the air you breathe.
Here are 5 plants you can keep in your home instead of air fresheners to keep the air clean and smelling good:
The spider plant is a perennial, meaning it will grow year round. It is natural to warm climates such as African and Australia, but it has been bred to be kept as a house plant. Many varieties thrive in a wide range of climates, making them easy to maintain. The plant grows long, thin leaves that have a light center. Some varieties form solid green leaves. Some varieties even produce flowers.
English Ivy is a beautiful evergreen plant that climbs where vertical surfaces are available. Given the right conditions, it can grow to as high as 30 meters. The plant will grow along the ground if vertical surfaces are not available. English Ivy can grow out of control in a garden, and can become a nuisance as an indoor plant if not trimmed back regularly. However, if properly maintained, the plant can create a stunning centerpiece that works double duty by cleaning the air.
Also known simply as a Ficus, the Weeping Fig is a species of the fig tree that produces small fruits. The tree is native to Asia and Australia, but it thrives in a variety of climates.
The Weeping Fig is a popular house plant because it can withstand poor conditions and does not require much maintenance. It can be grown in sun or shade (though it prefers bright and sunny conditions), and it only needs a moderate amount of watering. Many also prefer the look of the Weeping Fig, which looks nice in a variety of design schemes.
The Peace Lily is a beautiful and elegant white flower with a single petal and a golden rod in the center. Not only does the flower make a beautiful addition to any room — while also cleaning the air — but it is also easy to care for and does not need much light or water to thrive. They are perennials, so they thrive throughout the year.
Similar to the spider plant, the snake plant grows long, green leaves. However, instead of having lighter lines running down the center, the snake plant features lighter lines around the edges of the leaves, which stand up straight and are slightly broader. Snake plant gets its name for the sharp points on the ends of its leaves. Snake plant is another perennial that will thrive all year. It also doesn’t need much care and can survive in low light levels and without much water.
Adding any of these plants to your home can help you clean the air naturally so that you can free your home of harmful chemicals. Include as many as 3 to 4 plants per room for the most benefit, but don’t feel like you have to be restrained. The plants are easy to care for and brighten up any room, so you can easily add as many as you like.
What’s your favorite air-cleaning plants? Share your picks in the comments!
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