Have you ever been cooped up inside your house (or office) for hours, perhaps days at a time, and going outside for some fresh air seems like a miracle cure? Well, it’s no surprise, because indoor air is often more polluted that what we’re breathing outside. Formaldehyde, benzene and other toxic chemicals are often found in our indoor atmospheres, coming from sources as inconspicuous as the paint on the walls, clothing and tap water.
Did we just scare you out of your own home or office? Fear not, there’s a very simple solution. Bring in a few plants! Plants will remove all those nasty chemicals floating around, plus if you remember from biology class, plants will clean carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis. Another added benefit—plants are known to reduce stress, increase work performance and reduce unhealthy lifestyle issues.
- Some of the best plants for improving air quality are aloe, spider plants, Gerber daisies, snake plants, ivy, chrysanthemums, red-edged dracaena, weeping figs, azaleas, Chinese evergreens, bamboo palms, heart leaf philodendrons and peace lilies. These plants will help clean up all those dirty air toxins and fortunately, most of them require minimal attention.
- If you’re feeling a bit more industrious and want to grow your own indoor garden, here are seven ways to start seeds from common household items, such as egg cartons, eggshells, yogurt cups and old take-out containers.
- Once you’ve got the hang of indoor gardening, why not create a window farm using recycled water bottles. This is a great option if you live in an apartment without access to soil, but still want to grow small plants, and even herbs and vegetables.
Looking for a way to get your kids involved? Here’s a great indoor gardening project for rainy days. Create RoboPlanters, using old recycled materials, such as coffee maker parts, deodorant caps, unused toys and oven knobs – or other items in your house that are headed for the trash.