The Best Air Purifying Plants for Your Home
Find out which plants are best known to help remove toxins from your home.
Wonder what your home and the NASA space station have in common? Turns out it’s likely poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. It’s not a surprise given that building materials, furniture, paint and upholstery can give off toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde. Other indoor air pollution can be caused by pollen, bacteria, mold as well as car exhaust finding its way indoors. NASA scientists have worked to help find solutions to this problem leading them to come up with a very simple solution your grandmother could have easily told them about – plants! So how do these miracles of nature perform this magic? They absorb particulates from the air as they take in carbon dioxide which is then processed into oxygen which they kindly give to us to breathe in. That process is called photosynthesis. Not only that but the microbes present in the potting soil also help with the cleaning process.
Here is a list of plants that you should consider having.
Most are aware of the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties of the Aloe plant. Its leaves contain a clear liquid that helps to soothe skin irritations and burns. What you may not be aware of is this magnificent plant also helps to remove formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a by-product of chemical-based cleaners, paints, etc. from the air.
Not only pretty when in bloom, this plant is a powerhouse for helping to rid your home of toxic chemicals. According to NASA research, it can help rid the air of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb, this is a perfect plant for beginners because it’s so hearty. What’s more is that it is quite safe for pets. The spider plant helps to remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and carbon monoxide from your indoor environment.
This beautiful plant comes in 40 different varieties and can grow to reach the ceiling. Be careful though, as it is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Dracaenas are great for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde which can be introduced into the home from varnishes, lacquers and gasoline.
This plant brings a touch of spring to any home as it blooms nicely indoors. NASA discovered that peace lilies were one of the top three plants for removing common household toxins including formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and many more. Beware that the leaves are highly toxic to children and pets.
Bamboo plants can filter a lot of toxins because they can grow up to 12 feet high. Great to place around new furniture that often outgases formaldehyde. They also help to remove benzene and trichloroethylene.
Here’s one of my personal favourites. It’s one of the hardest houseplants to kill. It prefers drier conditions so if you go a while without watering it, all the better! It’s one of the best in filtering out formaldehyde. Place one in your bathroom as they love hot and humid conditions. It will help to clear the air of pollutants generated by cleaning products, bathroom tissue and personal care products. Place another in your bedroom as it will help to give you an oxygen boost while you sleep. Snake plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night which is the opposite of most plants. They also filter the air of xylene, trichloroethylene and benzene.
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