Having clean air in your house should be a very important aspect in your life. Between all of the toxins that we may succumb to every single day such as smog, pollution, and second hand smoke, your home should be your oasis and get you away from all of the harm that the city and public may burden you with. There are plenty of options on the market that claim to purify your house such as fans and air purifiers that spray a little “freshness” into your home every now and then but, while some of those options may work, they can be very costly. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t care about clean air in your home, because air pollution is something we should not be breathing in too much of. It can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and eye and nose irritation. This is why there is a better, more natural, and cost effective way for you to have a clean-air house — plants.
So how does it work?
Remember back in school when we learned that plants produce oxygen for us to breathe? That’s the gist of it. Plants will absorb particulates in the air at the same time they take in carbon dioxide, then turning it into oxygen. Aside from that, the potting soil that the plants are growing in take a lot of credit for the cleaning of the air. And who said that dirt was dirty?
Which plants clean the air?
So now that we’ve got you hooked, break out that potting soil because it’s time to do a little home gardening. These plants are all air-purifying plants that’ll have your home fresher than ever.
We’re sure you’ve seen these little flowers around before. Blooming in the summer, the peace lily offers a touch of natural elegance to a room without being overbearingly large. Keep the plant in a shady spot and the soil moist to get the most out of this plant. The Peace Lily eliminates ammonia, which is commonly found in a lot of cleaning products around the house.
Rubber Plants or Janet Craigs
Both rubber plants and Janet Craigs remain at the top of the list of formaldehyde removers. This is a great plant to have if you get little sunlight, such as in a room with no windows (maybe even in your office at work). Chances are, there are furniture items around that are held together by formaldehyde-based glues. These plants will rid the toxins produced by that as well as eliminate carbon monoxide and trichloroethylene, which is found in industrial solvent.
Coming at the top of the list of plants that remove the most pollutants, including benzene and zylene, the Boston Fern is esthetically pleasing in any home. It adds a tough of bright green to the room and will contribute a pleasing look with its great texture. The removal of benzene and zylene really come in handy if any gasoline smell lingers in your home from a car running outside or in the garage.
Spider Plants are great plants to keep in your home if you’re looking to clean the air and for something that’s low maintenance. These plants grow quickly and easily as they eliminate formaldehyde and xylene. They may even sprout little white flowers for an added touch of elegance to your room.
Chrysanthemums, also known as “Mums”, aren’t just all about looks — they pack a punch, as they’re ranked the highest for air purification. These pretty blooms eliminate formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and ammonia. Because they are so strong, be careful where you keep them as they are toxic to pets.
If you’re looking for something that’ll last, then look no further than the Golden Pothos. This plant can survive in several conditions and can grow as long as eight feet. You may consider it the jack-of-all-trades as it eliminates plenty of toxins in your home including: carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, and more.