Here is a list of common house plants, as well as the toxins they remove from your home:
- Aloe Vera: 90% Formaldehyde
- Elephant Ear Philodendron: 86% Formaldehyde
- English Ivy: Benzene 90%
- Fichus (weeping fig): Formaldehyde 47%
- Golden Pothos: Carbon Monoxide 75%, Benzene 67%, Formaldehyde 67%
- Janet Graig (corn plant): Benzene 79%
- Peace Lily: Benzene 80%, Trichloroethylene 50%
- Spider Plant: Carbon Monoxide 96%
Carpets tend to have formaldehyde in them, if you have a heavily carpeted area of your home, consider balancing it with a couple aloe vera plants and a golden pothos.
As a rule of thumb, allow at least one houseplant per 100 square feet of living area. The healthier you keep the plant, the more air it will filter for you. In addition, plants help balance humidity levels within your home as well.
While having several plants in your home can be a benefit to your health, you may worry it will empty your pocketbook. If you're new to planting, consider a plant swap or exchange of seedlings and cuttings with some of your
For additional Plant Food Recipes see Frugal Household Recipes
Article By Liss Burnell – Creator & Designer of Budget101.com, “Digging yourself out of debt when all you have is a spoon” © 2005