LET’S CLEAR THE AIR: PLANTS FOR A CLEAN HOME

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Green is the new gold. And not only for how beautiful it looks. Adding greenery to your home has plenty more benefits that go beyond good styling.   One of the most important benefits is the positive effect plants have on the quality of the air in your home.

Here are a few of the best air-purifying plants to get for your home today.

Bonus: They look great too.

Spekboom

This local wonder plant is a ‘green’ green plant. A beautiful, bright green, the Spekboom can survive in both dry and very wet conditions and adapts well as a pot plant. What makes it truly amazing though is that it has the power to soak up carbon dioxide, similar to that of sub-tropical forests.

Style tip: Plant in a bright pot and liven up your windowsill.

Aloe Vera

Most people know about the healing abilities of the gel inside the aloe vera’s leaves but this easy to grow (and difficult to kill) plants is also a great air purifier. It helps clear the air of benzene, commonly found in paints and other chemical cleaners.

Style tip: Keep your dining area toxin free and full of natural style. Looks great on a large wood family dining table.

Spider plant

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies the Spider Plant is a great addition to your household. It is easy to grow and maintain and can remove up to 90% of toxins, think mold and other allergens, from the air within just 2 days.

Style tip: Keep in the bathroom for a tropical look of abundance, and also to keep it clean of mold.

English ivy

Love your pets but not the mess they create? English Ivy is the answer to one way in which pets can pollute your home. It not only absorbs formaldehyde which is mostly found in house cleaning products and furniture treatments but it also great at reducing the amount of airborne fecal matter that could be in your home. Now that’s something you don’t need to think about again!

Style tip: Grow in a hanging planter and allow the leaves to overflow.

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Despite its name, this plant won’t nag you like a mother-in-law and is extremely resilient, able to go for weeks without water. It is one of the top air-purifying plants you can have removing over 100 known air pollutents including carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde. It also produces loads of oxygen throughout the night so keep it in your bedroom.

Style tip: Grow in a large plant pot kept on the floor for a striking addition to your décor.

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