Trade Out Your Pledge for Plants

How clean is clean ? Did you know the INSIDE of your house may be filled with more toxins than the OUTSIDE ?

There are hundreds of cleaning products on the market today all of which make us think they will do the job of cleaning furniture, kitchen counters, the bathrooms, floors and more. But really what we are doing is just spraying and spreading toxins throughout the house. Yes, I’m guilty for using pledge polish occasionally and Toilet Bowl cleaner but every day I strive to lead a greener lifestyle and it all starts with one PLANT at a time.

One way to reduce indoor toxins is to quit spreading chemicals and start spreading plants throughout the house. PLUS it makes everything look more appealing 😉

Here are my Top 5 Indoor Plants that are easy to take care of and will improve your indoor air quality.

1.) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) or Mother in Law’s Tounge.

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– Easy to maintain, requires irregular watering and little to no light. Perfect plant for the bedroom or bathroom.

2.) Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) 

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– This fast growing vine tackles formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. Perfect placement of this plant is by an entry way, garage or mudroom door as most fumes tend to be heavier there. Plant it in a hanging basket or pot and have it climb up a trellis.

* According to NASA the Spider Plant and Golden Pothos were the most effective in removing formaldehyde molecules when placed in sealed plexiglass chambers injected with chemicals.

http://www.zone10.com/nasa-study-house-plants-clean-air.html

3.) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum)

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In my opinion, every homeowner should have at least 1 Peace Lily somewhere in their house. The Peace Lily, a plant many send as a thoughtful gift for one who has passed away is one of the top natural air purifiers out there! All that is needed with this plant is a little tender loving care; water at least once a week and place in indirect sunlight. Peace Lily blooms will bloom in the Spring and last for about 2 months. Repot your plant every year or two and if you notice the roots are packed together or the plant is completely dry after watering within a week.

4.) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)images-1

A perfect plant to put in the kitchen or by a fireplace and requires indirect, bright light and lots of watering while growing. These decorate, beautiful plants are effective at fighting off toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

5.) Aloe Plant (Aloe barbadensis) or “Burn Plant”

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I remember using this plant as a little girl whenever I got a scrape or had an open wound on my body. From the inside to the outside of the plant, the gel soothes skin and purifies the air. This succulent requires direct sunlight, well drained soil and would prefer to be planted in a ceramic pot. It also helps clear the air of toxins from byproducts in household cleaners such as benzene that is found in detergents.

http://www.mnn.com/eco-glossary/benzene

All 5 of the plants mentioned above can be found at your local nursery or Home and Garden Center so be sure to pick one up today!

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