6 Plants That Can Clean the Air in Your Home
Houseplants are more than just a pretty decorating staple—in addition to introducing verdant green hues and interesting textures to your living room, these plants can also clean the air in your home. Yes, even the air inside your home can contain pollutants. In fact, many items commonly found in our homes—furniture, dry-cleaned clothing, smoke, and paint—release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air. Some good news: studies have found that common houseplants can act as natural air purifiers, not only absorbing carbon dioxide, but also these harmful VOCs. While the results haven’t been tested in a real-life home (only in laboratories), you can't go wrong with adding these air-detoxing plants to your home.
For maximum air-cleaning benefits, the plants need to be as healthy as possible. One way to achieve that is to make sure you remove newly purchased plants from their original containers and transplant them into slightly larger planters, adding a nutrient-dense potting soil, like Miracle-Gro Performance Organics Container Mix. For plants to thrive, they need space for their roots to grow and nutrients in the soil. As they continue to grow, monitor the container they’re in and size up as needed, adding fresh potting soil whenever you transplant your plant babies.
Ready to breathe easier at home? Here are some plants that will clean the air in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen.
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