Everyday household items can emit toxins that are unhealthy to breathe. You can naturally remove these toxins by decorating your home with common houseplants.
Step 1: Get a spider plant Get a spider plant to reduce asthma-causing mold. The spider plant grows quickly and throws out long stems that produce small flowers and decorative hanging plantlets.
TIP: The plantlets, or "babies," produced by the spider plant can be rooted and transplanted to keep throughout your home.
Step 2: Grow a peace lily Grow a peace lily, which is a tropical plant with striking white flowers. The peace lily removes acetone, which is commonly used to make plastic and fibers. Acetone is also found in tobacco smoke and car exhaust, which could be present in your home environment.
Step 3: Keep a bamboo palm Keep a bamboo palm, also called a reed palm, to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air in your home. Bamboo palms are popular indoor plants because they're tall and narrow, and they thrive in indoor climates.
Step 4: Buy a Janet Craig Buy a Janet Craig to absorb gaseous chemicals produced by pressed-wood furniture, plastic bags, computer ink, carpeting, and conventional household cleansers and cosmetics.
Step 5: Grow mother-in-law's tongue Grow mother-in-law's tongue, also called a snake plant, to absorb airborne toxins and to act as a natural humidifier. Mother-in-law's tongues are easy to care for and make trouble-free detoxifiers.
Step 6: Grow chrysanthemums Grow potted chrysanthemums to absorb toxins like formaldehyde, which is found in plastics, household cleaners, upholstery, clothes, facial tissues, and paper towels. Breathe easy knowing that you're protecting your family and pets while beautifying your home with natural, detoxifying plants.
FACT: In the late 1960s, Bill Wolverton discovered that swamp plants were eliminating Agent Orange in the local waters near near Eglin Air Force Base.