Using succulents to improve indoor air quality

Houseplants, including succulents, are an excellent way to bring greenery inside all year long and clean the air of environmental toxins.

Indoor air is actually 2-5 times as contaminated as outdoor air: substances such as chemical-based cleaners & air fresheners along with furniture and finishings coated with glues, paints and fire-retardants can pollute indoor air and contribute to poor health over the long term. 

But plants will naturally absorb toxins as well as carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen, making your home healthier.

In addition, studies have shown that plants - including succulents - help improve concentration, productivity, mood, and reduce stress. 

using succulents to improve indoor air quality

So having them on a desk, on a windowsill and anywhere you spend a lot of time indoors is a healthy move.

Admittedly, some succulents are better at cleaning the air than others - the jade plant and aloe vera are two really great ones.

(Psst…you might want to check out my list of top houseplants that clean the air and are easy to care for)

But I keep succulents on the list of good plant choices for a healthy home because they’re so easy to care for that even black thumbs usually have good luck with them, so even the moderate amount of air purification that they provide is better than none.

Plus they're so interesting and appealing to add to your overall mix of indoor plants!

Succulents love sunshine and dry soil, so don't over-water. Some suggest that you only water when the plants look like they're about to shrivel.

I’ve created a few plant and succulent displays in my homes over the years. I just love them.

Check out the easy DIY’s below for ideas on how to display succulents in your home or office.

DIY hanging wood plant shelf (click for tutorial)

DIY hanging wood plant shelf (click for tutorial)

I hot-glued jute rope to a tin can and potted a jade plant, which cleans the air really well.

I hot-glued jute rope to a tin can and potted a jade plant, which cleans the air really well.

I bent a a few twigs and knotted them together for a hanging air plant holder

I bent a a few twigs and knotted them together for a hanging air plant holder

Hens and chicks look great in a shallow tray (click for DIY)

Hens and chicks look great in a shallow tray (click for DIY)


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