All I need is the air that I breathe….

I am not a huge fan of winter, I gotta be honest. I don’t like being cold, I don’t like having to put on boots, hats, gloves, scarves just to go outside….One of the worst parts is how dry everything gets: your skin, your hair (hello frizzball!), your lips, and the air!! Heating our house is a necessity, but it feels a bit like being on an airplane, where the air just keeps getting recycled. I find myself cracking open a window, even on the coldest days, just to get a gulp of fresh air! It also makes me a bit concerned about what exactly is in this hot air: dust, feces, germs….I will leave that to your imagination!

Well, fear not. I recently discovered a very easy way to increase the oxygen levels in your home, improve the air purity, and remove chemicals and other toxins. And it is not an expensive air purifier! I present to you….plants.

Now I am far from being a gardener, and I would say I have more of a black thumb than a green one, as I don’t usually do well with keeping plants alive (I blame “Mommy brain” for forgetting to water them), but I have discovered a few plants that work overtime for you and are practically indestructible (believe me, I have tried!)

  1. Aloe plant. Benefits: increases oxygen in your home, absorbs carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. Fact: one aloe plant = nine air purifiers!
  2. Peace lilies. Benefits: filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
  3. Snake plant. Benefits: removes toxins from air, produces oxygen at night (make sure to put one in your bedroom!) Tip: this one needs almost no light to survive, just place in “enough light to read”.
  4. Spider plant. Benefits: requires minimal light, absorbs toxins such as formaldehyde, styrene, carbon monoxide, gasoline. Fact: one plant purifies air in a 200 square meter space!
  5. Ivy. Benefits: Removes toxins and particles of feces. Fact: within 6 hours, it removes 60% of toxins in air, 58% of feces particles!

Most of these plants are stocked all year round in many big box stores (i.e. Walmart) and are very affordable (i.e. An aloe plant and pot cost me about $10) so you can gradually add plants around your house!

Take a deep breath of nice, clean air!

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