A lot has been heard about pollution level going up in the city, and along with it comes various health issues like as asthma, cold, allergies, skin reactions etc. Not only the air outside, even the air that we breathe inside our homes is polluted. This can be due to many factors like as smoke from kitchen or cigarette, chemicals present on wall paints or even when we get things from outside, even the laundry detergent and fabric softener and so on.
Most of you must have already made up your mind to get an air purifier at home, right or you must have already purchased one? But, this is quite an expensive solution as a single air purifier will work best in only one room and so logically you will need to buy air-purifiers for each room. So, being the woman of the house, start investing on an easy solution rather than on expensive ones. All you need is to get some air purifying indoor plants for your home and get a breath of fresh air into the rooms of your home. Infact, for each room, you can have a potted indoor plant.
How do plants help in air purification?
Indoor air plants help in doing the following:
- Removes formaldehyde, the most popular pollutant present in carpets, pressed wood products, particle board furniture, paper products, cleaning agents, adhesives, permanent-press clothes and fire retardants
- Removes trichloroethylene found in varnishes, paints, and adhesives
- Removes benzene found in plastics, synthetic fibers, and detergents
- Removes carbon monoxide released from cigarette smoke
- Helps in absorbing carbon-dioxide from air and releasing pure oxygen
5 Popular Air Purifying Indoor Plants
Let’s check out below five household indoor plants that purify the air inside your home and make it safer and cleaner. The best part is that these plants have been recommended by NASA scientists to remove pollution from air.
Palm trees: Different varieties from the family of palm trees like as Areca palm, Lady palm and Bamboo palm are considered as effective air purifying plants. Palm trees might take some time to grow but once it does, the plant will not only add an enhanced look to the corner of a room but also will help in air purification. It is better to get a fully grown potted palm tree from the Nursery to get an effective remedy from air pollution. Palms specifically target and remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from air. They don’t require direct sunlight and hence they are perfect indoor plants.
Snake Plant: It is also referred as mother-in-law’s tongue. It has sharp-long striped leaves, requires very less maintenance and not much of light. It is one of the most preferred indoor plants for air purification. The best place to keep this plant is in the bedroom as it helps in absorbing carbon-dioxide and releases pure oxygen at night, and also helps you to have a sound sleep at night because of an increase in the amount of pure air in the room. It requires occasional watering and little sun.
Spider plants: These are also referred as air plants. They are the perfect indoor plants that look great in hanging baskets. You can hang them in your balcony or even at your workspace. You can also keep potted spider plants in the corner of your living room. They grow very quickly, don’t require much care and maintenance but needs to be watered 2 to 3 times in a week. They produce lovely white blossoms too. Spider plants have more than 200 varieties. They are great purifying plants as they eliminate formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air.
Money plant: The most easily available plant and easily grown plant found in everyone’s homes is the money plant. As per Fengshui, this is the most recommended plant for its traditional use as a wealth and prosperity booster and helps in harmonizing indoor spaces. Whether it brings prosperity or not is a different fact but it is an efficient and powerful air purifying plant that will clean the air in your rooms. The reason being it attracts easily the volatile organic compounds most commonly found in synthetic paint or carpets.
English Ivy: This is also one of the best known indoor plants for air purification. It grows easily in little space with less of sunlight and moderate temperature. It grows easily into a dense foliage in a very short time and absorbs prevalent indoor pollutants and chemicals such as benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, including cigarette smoke. This plant is perfect in the homes where there are inmates suffering from asthma, allergies.
So ladies, if you desire to have cleaner and fresher air all the year round in your homes then go for these 5 popular air purifying indoor plants.