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Best plants for your bedroom and home

We say: “My home is my castle”. Unbeknown to us as we care for our homes, furnish them, decorate them, clean them and wash them, fill them with new things, chemical marvels and gimmicks we invite in unwanted guests. Unwanted guests in a form of chemicals that could affect our well-being, our health, our ability to relax and sleep. Unwanted guests can lurk in a new window cleaner, washing detergent, furniture wax, carpet we’ve just got cleaned or a new piece of furniture. We live in “a chemical age” with very long list of chemical ingredients in everyday's products that we are exposed to by contact with our skin or by breathing on daily basis.

We all know the solution is going back to the nature. I’m not suggesting you run away into the forest or jungle and never return. We can do it step by step by getting informed, by reducing amount of harmful things in our environment and introducing more natural products and nature into it.

Houseplants are a perfect starting point. Many of them can offer amazing benefits, even to filter the air in your home.

Aloe Vera 

Aloe Vera plant is native to northern Africa. It is well known for its healing properties and use in cosmetics, medicine and home remedies. Aloe Vera gel is frequently used externally to treat burns, to soothe rashes and skin irritations and to heal cold sores. It’s used internally to treat constipation, digestion problems and boost immune system.

Unlike most plants, aloe actually releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night, making it ideal for bedrooms. It clears the air of benzene and formaldehyde, both known to be human carcinogens. With this plant around you can get good night of sleep.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

 

Spider Plant

Spider plants are native to Africa and are a very popular choice for an indoor plant. They excel at removing smog, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and xylene. In addition to cleansing the air, spider plant will also absorb odours and fumes. Same as aloe vera, spider plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night, thus promoting better sleep. The plant is just great for a bedroom.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

toluene - thinners, paintbrush cleaners, nail polish, glues, inks and stain removers, some synthetic perfumes

xylene - paint, varnish

 

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

The plant is also known as Snake Plant as its leaves do resemble snakes when they twist and curl as they grow upwards. It is native to West Africa. It offers some of the broadest protection from indoor contaminants - clears formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene from the air. Snake plant emits oxygen through the night while taking in carbon dioxide making it another plant perfect for a bedroom. 

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

trichloroethylene  - aerosol paint, agricultural chemicals, automobile polish and cleaners, furniture polish and cleaners, household hard surface cleaners (aerosol and liquid), household rug and upholstery cleaners

 

English Ivy

English Ivy is a plant native to Asia, Europe and North Africa. Although the leaves are poisonous to pets and humans when ingested, English ivy is one of the top plants for purifying the air. It is very efficient in removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air as well as airborne mould. The plant can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

Peace Lily

The peace lily is native to tropical regions of the Americas and south-eastern Asia. This beautiful plant is a bit of an all-in-one plant. The lily is proficient at removing a variety of alcohol and chemical vapours; including acetone, benzene, trichloroethylene, ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. In addition it can raise room’s humidity levels by up to 5%, quite helpful with dry throats, sinus problems or in dry climates. Perfect for a bedroom with dry air.

acetone  - nail polish remover, particle board, paint remover, liquid or paste waxes and polishes, detergents, cleaning products, rubber cement

ammonia - glass and window cleaners, multipurpose cleaners, toilet cleaners, shining waxes, oven and drain cleaners

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

trichloroethylene  - aerosol paint, agricultural chemicals, automobile polish and cleaners, furniture polish and cleaners, household hard surface cleaners (aerosol and liquid), household rug and upholstery cleaners

toluene - thinners, paintbrush cleaners, nail polish, glues, inks and stain removers, some synthetic perfumes

xylene - paint, varnish

 

Dracaena (Marginata)

Dracaena Marginata also known as Dragon Tree is native to Madagascar. The plant started to live in our homes in the 1960's and it comes in four main varieties. It adapts well to indoor environments and can grow up to 6 feet high indoors. The plant is one of the best air filtering plants for clearing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

toluene - thinners, paintbrush cleaners, nail polish, glues, inks and stain removers, some synthetic perfumes

xylene - paint, varnish

 

Areca Palm

Areca Palm is native to Madagascar and is one of the easiest palm trees to grow indoors. It can grow up to 6 to 7 feet high indoors. The palm is one of the top air purifying plants. It helps to clean air from benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. It is also a very efficient air humidifier and can help you to breathe easier if you suffer from regular colds or sinus trouble. Perfect for a bedroom with dry air.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

trichloroethylene  - aerosol paint, agricultural chemicals, automobile polish and cleaners, furniture polish and cleaners, household hard surface cleaners (aerosol and liquid), household rug and upholstery cleaners

xylene - paint, varnish

carbon monoxide - fuel-burning appliances such as clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces or boilers, fireplaces(gas and wood burning), gas stoves and ovens, motor vehicles, grills, generators, power tools, lawn equipment, wood stoves, tobacco smoke

 

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

Weeping fig or botanically known as Ficus benjamina is native to Asia and Australia. It is also the official tree of Bangkok. They come in three main varieties. They usually grow only up to 6 to 8 feet high indoors. Weeping fig is excellent at removing a variety of household pollutants, including formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Warning - the plant has a tendency to drop its leaves when moved.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

toluene - thinners, paintbrush cleaners, nail polish, glues, inks and stain removers, some synthetic perfumes

xylene - paint, varnish

 

Bamboo Palm

Although the word bamboo occurs in this plant’s name, the plant is entirely different from true bamboos. It actually belongs to genus of dracaena and it is native to Africa. The bamboo palm is very easy to care for; it can be grown in water or can be potted up in the soil. It is one of the best plants for your home due to its ability to remove toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. The plant can also help to restore the moisture in a room.

formaldehyde - plywood, particle board, panelling, adhesives, grout, fillers

benzene - glue, paint, furniture wax, detergents, thinners, automobile exhausts

trichloroethylene  - aerosol paint, agricultural chemicals, automobile polish and cleaners, furniture polish and cleaners, household hard surface cleaners (aerosol and liquid), household rug and upholstery cleaners

Posted by Vlasta & Iveta on 06 January 2018 00:31

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