We are at increased risk of various allergies and diseases due to air pollution in our homes. The most common pollutants in our homes include carpets, paints, foam insulation materials, glues and adhesives, household cleaners and pressed wood products.
According to Eartheasy:
“The indoor pollutants that affect health are formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (benzene and trichloroethylene or TCE), biological air pollutants, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides, pesticides and disinfectants (phenols) and radon.
These contaminants contribute to ‘sick building syndrome’, which causes symptoms ranging from allergies, headaches, and fatigue to nervous system disorders, cancer, and death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spent thousands of dollars and hours trying to find a solution to insufficient sleep and they stated that it is a public health problem.
Through studies conducted by NASA, scientists have identified 50 houseplants that remove pollutants and gases. With the help of Associated Landscape Contractors of America, NASA conducted a two-year study led by Dr. B.C. Wolverton, an environmental engineer from Picayune, Washington, and a NASA scientist for over 20 years.
Dr. Wolverton’s study of the interaction between plants and air found that houseplants, when placed in sealed chambers in the presence of specific chemicals, removed those chemicals from the chambers. He concluded that plants can clean pollutants in homes, offices, factories and retail outlets.
Here are the 10 most effective plants that clean the air of pollutants:
1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
This decorative plant eliminates benzene, alcohols, acetone, and trichloroethylene from the air, but make sure it is out of reach of your children and pets since it is highly toxic.
2. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palm is an excellent humidifier and clean air of benzene and trichloroethylene.
3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
This low maintenance plant releases oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide, and it is an effective way to eliminate the formaldehyde that your carpets and wooden furniture release.
4. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English ivy is a powerful air purifier against airborne fecal-matter particles and also absorbs carcinogens from the smoke.
5. Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)
Due to its attractive appearance and powerful cleaning ability, this subtropical plant has strong cleaning properties and filters xylene, a chemical that is released from paints, cigarettes and car exhausts
6. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Place it near the fireplace or in the kitchen to absorb the accumulated carbon monoxide. It needs lots of natural light and minimal watering.
7. Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis)
It eliminates trichloroethylene from solvents and varnishes. It is easy to grow and needs small amounts of sunlight and water.
8. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exalta Bostoniensis)
This plant is a powerful humidifier and is a great way to clean the air of formaldehyde.
9. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
This is the best way to get rid of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
10. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
Its thick green leaves effectively eliminate indoor pollution. Keep in mind that it needs plenty of water during the spring and summer.
Most people are unaware that poor air quality can affect their quality of sleep, as well as their health and well-being. For the most part, mold and airborne contaminants are a major factor in disease and impurity.
Those unpleasant symptoms that you have been experiencing for years will be improved by adding indoor plants to your home, and they will also purify your air.
So, make sure you have some of these powerful air purification plants and enjoy clean air and positive energy!