Hardworking houseplants that combat indoor air pollution – talk about plant power!
Cabin fever isn’t the only downside of more time inside every winter: Airborne toxin levels are higher indoors than out. Before you run out to buy an electric air purifier, consider houseplants for a natural fix. “Leaf surfaces and roots digest contaminants in the air,” says Chris Raimondi, a horticulturist in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. And they’re effective: Studies show people who work near plants are less likely to suffer from fatigue, headaches, and sore throats.
Here are six hardworking plants to add to your home:
Bedroom: Gerbera Daisy Gerbera jamesonii
If you have ample light, place this colorful flowering plant in your bedroom, near where you air out freshly dry-cleaned clothes. It reduces levels of benzene, a chemical solvent used for dry cleaning that can compromise your immune system and has been linked to anemia.
Light needs: bright light
Temperature: 45° to 65°F