When winter is here, you can still enjoy fresh air indoors—you just need the right indoor plants for the job.
3 Great Houseplants for Freshening Indoor Air
Whether you’re worried about chemicals in the air you breathe that come from cleaning supplies, dust, or even your furniture (there’s often formaldehyde in a number of household building products, furnishings, and glues) or you’d just like to have some clean, fresh air inside during the winter, there are some plants that are essentially powerhouses when it comes to pulling toxins from the air.
Air-Freshening House Plant #1: The Boston Fern
Boston Ferns are great at pulling formaldehyde from the air, but they don’t stop with that one. They can scrub benzene and zylene (which come from gasoline exhaust), too. They’re not the easiest plants to care for—they need to be fed weekly during growing season, and monthly during the winter. You may need to water or mist them each day if they’re not getting enough moisture from the air.
Air-Freshening House Plant #2: English Ivy
Easier to care for than a Boston Fern, English Ivy may be the right air-cleaner for you. It also removes formaldehyde and other toxins from the air, but it’s not as finicky as a fern; you’ll need to water and mist it when you remember (no rigid schedule necessary).
Air-Freshening House Plant #3: The Peace Lily
A peace lily can bloom indoors, which makes it a great choice for aesthetics—but it’s a hard-core toxin-remover, too. It removes formaldehyde, benzene, and other volatile chemicals from the air, and it doesn’t need tons of direct sunlight. The only caveat: peace lily leaves are toxic to pets and kids, so you may need to keep it up high.
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