- 25 Jun 2019
Did you know that plants can help keep your home clean? Read on to find out how and for 5 helpful houseplants and their green-cleaning benefits
Plants and trees have been shown to make us calmer, happier and more creative, they have also been shown to help filter and clean air.
Bringing plants indoors is a simple little thing you can do for cleaner air and healthy home, but how much does the air in your home need cleaning?
Indoor air quality
How? We unintentionally bring things into our homes that can have a negative impact on air quality.
Chemical cleaning products are high up there when it comes to polluting your home’s indoor air quality as they are used in every room and often sprayed into the air releasing particles through the air. Similarly, not cleaning your home can see dust and mould impacting the air quality in your home too.
Why is indoor air quality important?
Poor indoor air quality can cause immediate short-term effects such as irritation to your eyes, nose and throat and can impact people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma and allergies, in the long-term, poor indoor air quality has been linked to respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer.
How do we know that plants help clean your home?
We know plants can help improve your homes air quality because NASA looked into it. Space travel involves long periods of time in a tightly sealed space capsule where air can so quickly become contaminated with volatile organic compounds and other chemicals.
The solution, it turns out, is plants! In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, plants also absorb molecules in the air that have a negative impact on indoor air quality.
Plants also create their own biosystems around their roots that can include bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Pollutants are taken up by the plant’s roots where they are broken down in the root’s biosystem into something the plant can use.
What about outdoor air quality?
Even though outdoor air is cleaner than indoor air, we still have a big problem when it comes to outdoor air.
With sprawling cities, much of our Earth’s forests and jungles being lost to industry and agriculture and high carbon emissions, we’re missing the carbon-storing benefits of trees and plants.
Help create cleaner air and a cleaner home
This month ENJO Australia is supporting the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF), a small WA-based not-for-profit that’s bringing about a big change for the environment by helping individuals, families and businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
To help make cleaner spaces indoors and cleaner air outdoors ENJO’s The Little Things campaign will plant a tree with the CNCF for every customer who chooses to make a change to a chemical-free cleaning routine by purchasing an ENJO Bundle.
5 helpful houseplants that help clean your home
We’re all about cleaner, safer chemical-free living and cleaner air in your home couldn’t be easier with these 5 helpful houseplants.
1. Aloe vera
If you’re not a natural green thumb aloe vera is for you! Easy to grow, simply place in a sunny spot and this special succulent will help clean the air of the toxic by-products of chemical cleaners.
2. Snake plant
Thriving in low-light and humid conditions, brighten up your bathroom with this formaldehyde-filtering flora. A statement piece for detoxifying the air and a great opportunity for a beautiful big pot!
3. Weeping fig
For those looking to flex their plant-caring skills, the weeping fig is a bold and beautiful choice. Naturals at filtering pollutants found in furniture and carpets they work wonders cleaning the air in busy living areas A little fussy when it comes to finding the perfect position, but totally worth the effort
4. Boston fern
Super hardy, these ferns prefer cleaning cool air from a high humidity area and need to stay moist which makes them a perfect choice for bathrooms. Check the soil daily to ensure it doesn’t dry out.
5. English ivy
Plant in a pot with good drainage and this houseplant will cascade beautifully from a high shelf. Reported to reduce levels of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air, English ivy will work well in any living space.
Learn how to clean chemical-free and create a healthier home on Living with ENJO.
Editor's Note: This post was updated 25 June 2019