Today we are living in modern houses, but in the past, people built shelters in sync with nature and enjoyed the benefits of fresh air each day. In today’s modern times, we live away from nature, the pollution in our air is greater than ever and that severely affects our overall health.
However, it is known that some plants can absorb air-polluting chemicals. What they do is they break down the chemicals to components that turns into energy. That way, we get to breathe clean air that the plants provide, and all we have to do is make sure the plants have enough water and sunlight.
As a proof that there are huge benefits of having indoor plants, a study far back from 1772 showed that some plants can purify stagnant air that is low on oxygen as a result of owning pets and burning candles. Furthermore, plants are studied for their ability to purify air for use by space stations and future moon bases.
A study that lasted six months which involves comparing a room full of plants and a room lacking plants shows that the room without plants has a 50% higher level of airborne bacteria and microbe. A different benefit of having indoor plants is that they provide humidity, which helps with asthma, sinus problems, and even anxiety.
12 BEST PLANTS FOR CLEANER INDOOR AIR
Aloe Vera has a wonderful ability to relieve the pain from sunburns but also purifies the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen at night. It can also remove benzene that can be found chemical cleaners and in paint. This plant doesn’t require much maintenance, it needs very little water and sunlight to survive.
This lily has beautiful tall, white blooms and according to NASA, it is excellent for removing three of the most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. Peace lily can also help reduce xylene and toluene in the air. It doesn’t need much sun, just the indirect sunlight from windows and the artificial light in your home should be plenty. They will let you know when to water them by slightly drooping their leaves. This plant is poisonous so avoid areas where children or pets have access.
The surface of the leaves of Bamboo Palm extracts more carbon dioxide from the air as you breathe at night and also returns oxygen to the room.
This plant prefers moist soil with low light and should stay away from a sunny window. The humidity given off by the moist soil of this houseplants will reduce the number of bacteria and mold in the air, helping you to breathe and sleep better.
Lavender is most widely known for its use as an essential oil, but it can also be used for cleaning your indoor air. The Lavender has an aroma that relaxes your brain and naturally calms the nerves, helping you to breathe easily and more slowly.
Formaldehyde is a pollutant that is found in homes from the solvents and resins in building materials. Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause throat, lungs and, irritation of eyes, as well as respiratory allergies and disorders. Spider plants are excellent for reducing the amount of formaldehyde in a home environment.
Spider plants usually have light green and white striped long leaves that fall in a fountain shape. Leaving them hanging for the best display they will also develop small baby plants that can be sprouted in a water and then planted.
Keeping gerbera daisies will also help remove volatile organic compounds from your indoor air. These daisies will remove benzene which comes from your natural gas stove. It requires plenty of sunlight so it is best to be placed on the window that is faced on the south.
Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde trichloroethylene, and ammonia from the air in your home. They also require a good amount of sun and water. Mums come in a variety of colors and they are annuals, which means that they usually bloom only once per year. The plant may continue to live longer than one year, but it will never flower again.
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This plant doesn’t require much sunlight and that makes it the perfect indoor plant to have. It can provide oxygen to purify stagnant air and remove harmful toxins from your home or office.
Golden Pothos, also known as devil’s ivy, doesn’t require much sunlight and it can survive even when kept in the dark. This wonderful plant is excellent for removing formaldehyde, it makes a great addition to any indoor setting with its beautifully cascading leaves. You can place it in your garage, because car exhaust contains a high amount of formaldehyde among the other toxins.
English Ivy efficiently filters fecal particle and formaldehyde aerosol making it perfect for pet owners. It can be found in many varieties, but it is poisonous.
Partial shade to bright light it will be ideal for this plant, but should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
Chinese Evergreen like the other plants in the list can remove a variety of toxins from the environment. Adding one or two around the house will help you breathe easily in no time. This plant doesn’t require much sunlight, it does need regular doses of water, because it’s a tropical plant. If you notice the ends turning brown, make sure to at least mist them with water
Elephant ear works best at removing formaldehyde, especially if there is a higher concentration. Make sure to be placed out of reach of young children as they are poisonous.