Make the air in your home less toxic by introducing a healthy houseplant. Studies have shown that humans are generally happier and feel less stressed when surrounded by a plant.
Adding a houseplant to the office or bedroom is a simple yet effective way to increase positivity day to day. The home and workplace can be full of airborne pollutants, with carpets, mattresses, paint, household products, pets and even people harbouring toxins – especially in the colder months, when windows tend to be closed and central heating is ramped up.
As well as cleaning the air, a houseplant can help with mental wellbeing – reducing anxiety and brightening moods.
Haskins Garden Centre has a range of houseplants available to purchase:
Calathea mix – from £6.99 12cm pot
One of the most easy to grow tropical flowers and commonly called the prayer plant or zebra plant, Calatheas are ideal for removing toxins from the air caused by cleaning products and synthetic materials.
Areca palm – from £6.99 12cm pot
This beautiful and graceful palm loves bright, direct sunlight and is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins. It also acts as an excellent air humidifier for dry, air-conditioned offices.
Spathiphyllum ‘Sweet Chico’ – from £6.99 13cm pot
Otherwise known as the peace lily, this elegant plant is one of the few air purifiers which flowers. This year-round bloomer rids the air of the volatile organic compound (VOC) benzene, a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax, and polishes. It also sucks up acetone, which is emitted by electronics, adhesives, and certain cleaners.
Nephrolepis exaltata – from £5.99 13cm
First popularised during the Victorian era, the Nephrolepis exaltata or Boston fern is considered one of the most efficient air purifiers and works especially well in removing formaldehyde, which is found in some glues and furniture.
Cacti – from £3.99 8.5cm pot
Cacti are great for eliminating bacteria, tackling pollution and reducing radiation. In addition, cacti absorb carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen. Putting cacti in the bedroom is helpful for sleeping and supplementing oxygen.
Aloe Vera – from £6.99 12cm pot
This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps to clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a by-product of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
Haskins is located in Ferndown (Dorset), West End (Southampton), Roundstone and Snowhill (West Sussex). For more information, visit www.haskins.co.uk