Who doesn’t love a cleaning shortcut? In our hectic commitment-filled lives, eliminating even one item from our cleaning checklist lifts an invisible weight from our shoulders.
And, if that shortcut is good for our pets too…BONUS!
Our Indoor Air Quality
We spend a lot of time indoors both at home and at work. Our indoor air contains a lot of pollutants that we might not even realize.
Cleaning products, furnishings, and building materials can emit a variety of toxic agents such as trichloroethylene (found in paints, adhesives, and inks), formaldehyde (found in paper bags, facial tissues, and synthetic fabrics), benzene (found in plastics, detergents, tobacco smoke, and glue), xylene (found in rubber, leather, tobacco smoke, and vehicle exhaust), and ammonia (found in window cleaners, fertilizers, and floor waxes). Even short term exposure to these compounds can cause dizziness, nausea, and eye irritation, just to name a few symptoms.
In the late 1980’s, NASA did a study to determine the most effective plants for filtering the air we breathe indoors. While the list contains several plants, there are seven that the ASPCA declares non-toxic for cats and dogs.
The bamboo palm loves bright light, and can grow to 4-12 feet high. It is effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
The boston fern needs to stay moist, and prefers indirect light. It removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Dwarf Date Palm
The dwarf date palm (also called pygmy date palm) loves misting, and grows well in semi-sun to semi-shade. It is especially good at removing xylene from the air.
This lovely flower needs moist, but not soggy dirt, and grows well in bright light. It is one of the best at removing benzene from the air.
The lady palm is extremely easy to care for, and does well in semi-sunlight. It removes multiple toxins from the air.
Lily turf grows well in semi-sun to semi-shade, and requires quite a bit of moisture. It is especially good at removing ammonia from the air.
This plant is one of the easiest plants to grow and care for. It is a fan of bright, indirect sunlight, and removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Happy Plant, Happy Home
Not only do plants improve our air quality, but they bring beauty to our living spaces. Be sure to read the care tags that come with your plants. You want to give it the appropriate amount of light, water, and food to ensure it has everything it needs to thrive in your home.