One of the biggest interior design questions is “What’s one easy thing to freshen up your home?”  One of the best answers?  Bring the jungle in and add life to your space – literally.

Making a Comeback

Lately, houseplants have been making a big comeback in the world of design. I am by no means a plant expert but I could not see my place without them.  Not only do plants add character, dimension and personal style, but they are also very good for the quality of air your home holds.  There are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking in your home, and while you can take steps to minimize them, one the most prevalent chemicals in your home isn’t easy to get rid of.

Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound that’s emitted in low levels by a variety of household building products and furniture, may cause cancer in humans and has been known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels. A common component of glue that hold pressed-wood or PARTICLE BOARD furniture and cabinets together, it’s also emitted by natural gas stoves, carpet glues, flooring glues, caulks, sealants, paints, furniture finishes, and the water- and stain-repellent finishes applied to upholstery and clothing.  The good news: you have a cheap, easy, green tool at your disposal to help get rid of it.

Here are six household plants that will help remove formaldehyde and purify your air:

1. Boston Fern

Noted for its ease of care, the dependable Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) has graced indoor landscapes since Victorian times.  Like nutrients, pollutants from the air and other sources are also broken down in the root’s biosystem and made into a form that plants can use.

2. Rubber Plant

According to studies conducted by NASA, their large leaves can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down, rendering them harmless. They absorb exhaled carbon dioxide and convert it to breathable oxygen.

3. Palm Tree

Palms are tolerant of indoor spaces and they release large amounts of moisture into the air and as well are consistantly rated one of the best houseplants to remove toxins in the air.

4. Peace Lily

These lily’s have the ability to clean several chemicals from the air: benzene, formaldehyde,, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, and ammonia.

5. English Ivy<

English Ivy can help reduce the amount of mold in your homes air.

6. Golden Pothos<

Not only are Golden Pothos known for purifying the air, it helps relax the eyes when you’re feeling congested or if they’re just a little irritated. It also helps treat and prevent ocular hypertension, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Let us know what plants work best in your home  &  if you see any improvements!

  Happy Planting  

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