D.I.Y. how to destress your garden in five easy steps
Air-purifying indoor plants not only have a decorative function, they also have a positive effect on your health. But how does it work? They remove harmful substances from the air such as carbon dioxide and influence the humidity. Have you thought about the fact that the air in your home is 7 times more polluted than the outside air? It's with good reason people are advised to step away from their desk at work to get some fresh air. There are many things in your home that pollute the air. Think about carpets, furniture or a new computer. If you want less harmful compounds in your home or office, make sure there are plenty of oxygen-rich plants in your home!
Indoor plants purify both your home and your mind. Many plants have a relaxing effect, reduce stress and enhance your concentration. That is how you create a pleasant work and living environment. Feeling out of sorts and a bit down? Different plants could provide you with the boost you need. In addition, a home filled with plants is really cosy. Everyone will be in a better mood.
Where's the best spot to put your healthy plant? Well, that depends on the plant. Some plants need more light than others. The windowsill is one option for a healthy work climate. Put one in the bedroom or bathroom for a relaxing environment and extra oxygen.
A good level of humidity helps against respiratory infections and irritations. Why is oxygen from plants so important? Air humidity should be between 40–60% for a pleasant living environment. If that isn't the case, you may start having headaches or problems concentrating. Are your eyes irritated? Then the air in your home is too dry. But when the air humidity is too high, moulds could form.
All indoor plants have a positive effect on their environment, but some plants are known to be just a bit better for your health.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.