This is Day 28 of the Green in 365 series!
Did you know that the air inside your home can be more polluted than the outside air? Especially in the winter time when our homes are shut up and don’t get much, if any, outside air circulation.
Household cleaners (although you should be using homemade and green cleaners), paint, furniture and more all release toxins and chemicals into the air in our homes where they get trapped and we breathe them in every day. But, there is a simple and easy solution to help to purify and remove toxins from the air inside your home.
Bringing houseplants into your home can make a big impact on the quality of the air. A study done by NASA awhile ago showed that many common houseplants are very effective at removing toxins from the air and leaving us with cleaner air in our homes.
These 12 plants are recommended for growing indoor to improve air quality:
- Bamboo palm
- Chinese evergreen
- English ivy
- Gerbera daisy
- Janet Craig
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Peace lily
- Pot mum
- Spider Plant
Plants also add a touch of green and living energy to a room, which is especially nice during these cold, dark winter months!
But I have a black thumb!
You may think that you don’t have the ability to grow plants indoors. I thought this for a long time too. But, I’ve found over the past few years of having plants in my home that if you choose the right types of plants, they are actually very hard to kill.
I currently have four plants in my home, two of which I’ve had for almost 2 years, and the other two I’ve had for almost a year, and I’m hoping to add more soon. Really all they need is to be watered every few days, I’ve never added fertilizer or anything else to mine. Even if you forget to water them for a while, they will start to droop and show you that they need to be watered, and then once you do, they will spark back to life.
I’d encourage you to go ahead and get a few small plants, make a habit to water them a couple times a week, and see how it goes. Plants are pretty inexpensive, and even if they don’t make it, you’re not out much more than the cost of a couple of lattes. So you don’t really have anything to lose!
Do you have houseplants? What are your favorite plants to grow indoors?
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