A little fresh air can really improve your mood. Unfortunately, a lot of apartment dwellers have to leave home to get it.
If you don’t live in a community with outdoor amenities (like the pool and sand volleyball court at The Commons on Kinnear in Columbus) or outdoor living space (like the terrace at 1600 Glenarm Place in Denver), you probably have to trek to a park.
Or do you?
Believe it or not, there are 10 houseplants that help clean indoor air. We’ve listed them below, along with 4 tips for taking care of them.
- Aloe Vera
- Areca Palm
- Baby Rubber
- Bamboo Palm
- Boston Fern
- Chinese Evergreen
- Mass Cane
- Pygmy Date Palm
- Ficus Alli
- Gerbera Daisy
To learn which toxins each plant reduces, click HERE.
How To Care For Houseplants 101
Don’t Overwater— There are no hard and fast rules for watering, as different plants have different needs. However, it’s best to keep an indoor plant on the slightly dry side.
Make Sure They Get Light— Windows are ideal places for plants. Of course, the amount of light they get will get depend on the window’s orientation. The info about light exposure levels HERE is definitely worth a read.
Check For Pests— Every time you water your plants, look at both sides of the leaves for signs of pests. And if you see something, separate that plant from the others until you figure out what’s going on.
Keep Them Clean— Plant leaves should be dust-free to boost light exposure and get rid of insects. Smooth leaves can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Plants with hair leaves should be brushed with a soft brush (like a paintbrush).
Heading outdoors is still the best way to get fresh air, but the health benefits associated with plants in the home certainly don’t hurt!