Houseplants that purify indoor air
Different toxic chemicals are hiding in your home. You can take a step to reduce them, but it may not be easy to remove the most powerful chemicals in your home. Indoor environments being stagnant allow build-up of pollutants in big amounts than that that humans should breathe in. Living or working in a place where there is lack of decent ventilation and full of air pollutants causes nose, eye and ear irritation, nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Here are some of the household plants that can help you to get rid of indoor air pollutants and purify the air in your home for a safer environment.
Palm trees are good at removing air pollutants indoors, particularly formaldehyde, which is a volatile organic compound that can cause cancer, and also trigger allergic reactions and asthma when they are at high levels. The best palm tree in removing this pollutant is the Dwarf Date, Palm. But you can also clean the air with Areca Palm, Parlor Palm, Lady Palm, or Bamboo Palm.
The peace lily is one of the best plants that will remove benzene, formaldehyde, and certain volatile organic compounds that harsh cleaning products emit. One of the reasons that make this plant the most popular is that they are easy to care for, need little light and water to keep being healthy. Also, its transpiration rate is high that helps in humidifying the air. This plant can, however, be toxic to both pets and humans if ingested.
It is also called the Weeping Fig. This plant effectively purifies the air in your home. According to the Clean Air Study by NASA, Ficus effectively cleans xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde. This plant requires low maintenance. It prefers an area with bright indirect light because direct sun burns its leaves. It requires frequent watering, but let the soil dry before you add more water to avoid root rot. Extra precaution is needed since this plant is toxic to pets.
This is another plant that improves the quality of air indoors. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the snake plant best absorbs airborne toxins that include benzene, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. This plant prefers plenty bright light but can endure low light at long duration. Make sure you do not overwater it since too moist soil can make it rot. The snake plant grows well both outside and inside, and it also requires little maintenance. Just be aware that it is poisonous to pets when ingested.
Have some of these household plants around your home to help you purify indoor air for a safer atmosphere.