Winter and Summer months tend to keep us locked inside our energy efficient homes… which saves us money on heating and cooling costs… but keeping our homes closed up also deters fresh air from entering and clearing out old stale and sometimes toxic air.
According to the EPA, the indoor air we are exposed to is 70% more polluted than the outdoor air… sadly the average American spends nearly 90% of their time indoors! (Source)
Dust, mold, pollens, and other allergen particles can creep into our homes and create a toxic environment…
Indoor plants have the ability to remove harmful compounds and pollutants from our air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. They absorb carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides, and formaldehyde(found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner, are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate. (Source)
Here are 12 of the Best Indoor Plants for Your Home
Having plants indoors has so many benefits. In case you don’t know some plants are natural air-purifiers so not only do they make your home more green, they also help keep your air fresh. If you want to find out what the best indoor plants are, here are 12 that you can choose from. You can’t go wrong!
Air flow and quality is important… a few other things you can do to cleanse and clear your indoor air are:
- diffuse essential oils daily (Click here for more information on high quality therapudic grade essential oils!)
- use air purifiers
- smudge with sage or other medicinal herbs
- himalayan salt lamps
- change your HVAC air filters
- remove your shoes before entering your home
Implementing a few of these tips and inviting live breathing plants into your space can improve air AND life quality!!
How do you keep your home’s air clean? Please share!
Live Hippily… and breathe free 🙂