10 Houseplants Known To Remove Harmful Air Toxins
Chemicals are all around your home – from the building materials and furniture, paints, natural gas stoves, to the cleaning products and air fresheners. All these chemicals can make your home toxic.Many of us spend the most of our time indoors, whether at work or at home. That’s why indoor air matters as much as outdoors.
Now, is there anything else that we can do? Yes –do what the nature does. And even what the NASA scientists do for their spaceships. Purify the indoor air with indoors green plants. They are easy to care for and at the same time affordable.
This is what we recommend for you to keep in your home.
Spider Plant is one of the most resilient and easy to care for houseplants. It is a great choice for indoor gardening beginners or forgetful owners. It is easy to regrow and it is a fan of bright, indirect sunlight, cold-to-average temperatures and dry soil. Considered as a safe houseplant for pets, the spider plant takes away the formaldehyde, xylene and carbon monoxide from the air.
Ficus (Weeping Fig) is a bit of demanding plant that requires bright, but indirect light, and moderate watering, allowing the soil to get dry between two intervals. Having a ficus requires a bit of delicate care, but once you get all its living conditions right, it will last for a long time, purifying the indoor air from benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Peace Lily is an attractive flower plant that’s easy to grow. Shady spots with moist soil are the best place for keeping. The blooming plant absorbs and removes ammonia, acetone, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Alert: It spreads some pollen and floral scents to the air, so you might want to avoid it in case you are fragrance sensitive or have allergies; also, the leaves can be poisonous to kids and pets, so keep it out of reach or just avoid it in case of new parents or pet owners.
Boston Fern enjoys cool places and high humidity. The plant likes to be watered regularly, so you need to water its soil and mist its leaves daily. Just be careful not to overdo it. It has a high transpiration rate, and it is a good choice when having dry indoor air. It is best for removing formaldehyde and xylene.
Golden Pothos, just as its name suggests, has golden heart-shaped leaves. It tolerates cold temperatures and low light, and to some extent, over-watering. It is a good choice for people without much indoor gardening experience and it purifies the air from carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
English Ivy has an ability to climb and hang on structures while growing, which makes it a perfect decorating element. It likes moderate temperatures, medium light places, and occasional watering. It keeps the indoors safe from formaldehyde.
Rubber Tree is an easy, low-maintenance plant that provides you with high aesthetical enjoyment. It likes very little sun and cooler climates. Keep it in dim rooms to clear the air from formaldehyde.
Snake Plant is one of the hardest indoor plants to kill. It does not need much light or water to survive. What’s interesting to know is that it takes away the carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night. Keeping one in your bedroom will not only infuse the air with oxygen during the night, but will also absorb all the benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene.
Bamboo Palm filters benzene and trichloroethylene, and absorbs formaldehyde. What it needs to thrive is a few hours of sun daily and plenty of water.
Aloe Vera contains a clear liquid with healing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. But not just that. It can also help you improve the quality the air in your home as well. Aloe vera absorbs the air pollutants benzene and formaldehyde, byproducts from the chemical cleaning products used in households, and just as the snake plant, it releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide during the night. It is fairly easy to grow and it is very much sun-loving.
Choose your favorite or favorites and go to the market today. Cause air quality matters!