Plants that purify your indoor air

People ask me all the time why do you focus on organic bedrooms? Simply stated.. it is because we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping and while we sleep our body and mind rejuvenates. I can’t control the other 2/3 of my life as I am not spending all that time in one place. However, I do not think that a pure life style should end in the bedroom as our indoor air quality is one of the EPAs major concerns.  You can see why it has become such a problem due to our well-sealed energy efficient homes combined with all the chemicals that are in the products we purchase for our home.  So what can we do to help purify the air in our home naturally?  It is great to open our windows and allow the fresh air inside but how about when it is too cold or too hot to do that?  We suggest bringing the outdoors in… here are 3 of our favorite easy to care for plants that purify your indoor air naturally…

Plants that Purify…

1. The bright-green-leaved Golden Pothos vine is our first pick for the perfect houseplant especially for those with a black thumb.  The Golden Pothos have a high tolerance for neglect and receives rave reviews for its special ability to efficiently remove airborne toxins such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.

golden pothos

Golden Pothos

2. Our second favorite is the Peace Lily because it is among the few air purifiers that flower.  The Peace Lily requires weekly watering, can adapt to low light but is poisonous to pets.  This year-round bloomer rids the air of the VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also absorbs the acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners.

Peace lily

Peace lily

3.  The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) makes it into third place because of its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (a reversal of the process most plants undergo). We suggest that you pot a couple and put them in your bedroom for a slight oxygen boost while you sleep. In addition to helping lower carbon dioxide, the snake plant rids air of formaldehyde and benzene.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant

Beth Schlendorf – Owner of Bliss Sleep Center & Bliss Baby Store

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