Best Bedroom Plants for Cleaner Air
Did you know that the air inside your home is up to 5 times dirtier than the air outdoors? According to the EPA, indoor air pollutants can make your home more toxic than even the worst outdoor pollution. Indoor air pollution can be the cause of mild or serious health conditions such as asthma, allergies, headaches, and more.
Since many of us spend all night long breathing potentially dangerous air in our bedrooms, consider purifying your air with some indoor plants that also add beauty to your space.
NASA has given plants ratings based on their ability to remove pollutants from your air. Many of these plants are easy to grow and require minimal light. Here are our top choices for the best air purifying plants.
If you are concerned about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) consider getting a peace lily. This beautiful dark green plant grows stunning white flowers that clear your home of the top three most common VOCs. It grows well in the shade and usually requires only once weekly watering making it easy for anyone to maintain. The only concern is that the peace lily can be toxic to pets so make sure to keep it out of reach of your furry friends.
Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plants have striking variegated green and yellow foliage. It cleans your air of formaldehyde and releases oxygen into the atmosphere at night making it a great addition to the bedroom. Snake plants are easy to care for and make a great plant for beginners since they are almost impossible to kill.
Another great remover of VOCs, dracaena offers large lush leaves for very little effort. They can grow to be up to 12 feet tall, though most indoor varieties are much smaller.
If you have recently painted your home or office this plant is great at removing the toxins released by fresh paint. These plants are very easy to care for and can tolerate some neglect. However, they are sensitive to fluoride so you may need to use purified water if your tap water is affecting them.
Great at clearing carbon monoxide, spider plants are a great addition to any home. They are easy to grow with minimal watering and light requirements. In no time at all, your spider plant can produce baby spider plants allowing you to place them in every corner of your home.
It is recommended to put them near fireplaces or in kitchens since they are great at filtering out carbon monoxide. However, your bedroom is also a great spot for these attractive plants since they can reduce many of the common indoor air pollutants.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to grow quality plants indoors. You can dramatically improve the quality of the air you breathe by adding just a few plants around your bedroom. Once you see how easy most of these plants are to care for, you’ll want to add them to every room of your home.