We all think that air pollution is only outside,ozone,smog,or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside.
The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, radon,fire-retardants, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.
Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners,artificial air freshers or a coat of paint on the walls,remodeling your kitchen cabinets or elsewhere you paint within your home.
Children, people with asthma, and the elderly people, may be especially sensitive to indoor pollutants, but other effects on health may appear years later, after repeated exposure.
Indoor allergens and irritants have become much more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors.
Plants That Help You Clean The Air
Instead of using artificial odors in your home which highly pollute your indoor air,you can use natural fresheners which at the same time are part of your home decor.
In addition to its great ability to relieve the pain from sunburns, aloe vera also purifies the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide at night.
It can also remove benzene from your home, found in paint and chemical cleaners. Aloe vera doesn’t take much maintenance, needing very little water and sunlight to survive.
The surface area of the leaves of palms extracts more carbon dioxide from the air as you breathe at night and returns oxygen to the room that they are in.
These plants also prefer a moist soil with low light, away from a sunny window. The humidity given off by the moist soil of these and other houseplants can actually reduce the amount of mold and bacteria in the air, helping you to breathe easier and sleep better.
This lily will make you forget that it’s working in your house to improve your health. According to NASA, the plant is excellent for removing three of most common volatile organic compounds: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Peace lilies can also help reduce toluene and xylene in the air.
These are relatively easy house plants to care for. They don’t need much sun, in fact, just the artificial light in your home and indirect sunlight from windows should be plenty.
They also will let you know when to water them by drooping their leaves slightly. These are poisonous so avoid areas where pets or children have access to them.
While lavender is most widely known for its use as an essential oil, it can also be used for cleaning your air indoors. The aroma naturally calms the nerves and relaxes your brain, helping you to breathe more slowly and easily.
Keeping gerbera daisies will also help clean VOCs from your indoor air. These daisies can remove benzene which can be out-gassed from your natural gas stove.
It requires plenty of sunlight so find a south-facing window in your home.
Pollutants such as formaldehyde are found in homes from the resins and solvents in building materials. Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause irritation of eyes, throat and lungs as well as respiratory disorders and allergies.
One study found that spider plants are excellent for reducing the amount of formaldehyde in a living space.
Spider plants vary from light green to white striped long leaves that fall in a fountain shape. Hang these plants for the best display as they will also develop small baby plants that hang down from the parent plant. These baby plants can be sprouted in a jar of water and then planted.
Reducing an environmental pollutant that is out-gassed from foam insulation, particleboard, fabrics and various other man-made materials will improve both the quality of the air in your home and your health.
Warneckei (Draceana Plant)
This plant doesn’t need much sunlight, making it the perfect indoor plant to have. It can remove harmful toxins in the environment while also providing oxygen to purify stagnant air.
Chrysanthemums, also called mums, are effective at removing benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air in your home. These plants also like a good amount of sun and water.
That health improvement alone is a great reason to keep them as a house plant. Mums come in a variety of colors and should be readily available at your local garden center.
Mums are annuals, which means that they usually bloom only once per year.
Another wonderful plant for removing formaldehyde, it makes a wonderful addition to any indoor setting with the beautifully cascading leaves from the vine.
You might want to keep it in your garage, as car exhaust contains a high amount of formaldehyde. Golden pothos, also know as devil’s ivy, doesn’t need much sunlight and can do just fine even when kept in the dark.
While this plant doesn’t need much sunlight, it does need regular doses of H2O, as it’s a tropical plant. Make sure to at least mist the ends with water if you notice them turning brown.
Just like the other plants on our list, Chinese Evergreen can remove a variety of toxins from the environment, so adding one or two around the house will help you breathe better in no time.
Pet owners will love this plant, as it efficiently filters formaldehyde aerosols and fecal particles from the indoor air. You can find many varieties of this plant, but beware, it is poisonous.
It requires partial shade to bright light, but no direct sunlight. Robust plant which grows so well and easily that is considered a weed in some countries.