How to purify indoor air with living plants
While thinking green for the whole mother earth, perhaps most of us forget about our houses’ air’s condition where we need to have a “feels like heaven” condition. There are several houseplants to remove poisonous gases and elements of indoor environment. Many of these plants are too common that you may already have in your household for a long time for their outer beauty but you hardly knew about their inner beauty of purifying and filtration the air.
Let’s see the best plants for keeping house air clean and healthy-
Peace Lily: It is one of the best plants for removing common environmental VOCs like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also remove toluene and xylene. It grows well in shades and need watering only once in a week.
Spider Plant: This beautiful houseplant with long leaves is ideal for removing poisonous gases of the indoor air. It also removes toxins like formaldehyde and xylene. To have its best result it should be kept near carbon emitting objects like fire place, garage and kitchen.
Boston fern: A medium sized plant with nice frilly leaves. It extracts moisture in the air that can reduce the amount of toxic air substances like benzene, formaldehyde and xylene extracted from paints and chemicals. The plants grow better in humid and low light conditions.
English Ivy: A landscaping plant which grows under good sunlight. It has tbe amazing ability to remove many toxic elements from the air like benzene and formaldehyde and other chemicals extracted from synthetic materials. Although its leaves is little poisonous for eating, the presence of it in household can keep a person with asthma and allergic condition well.
Aloe Vera: This very common, easy growing, sun-loving plant can nicely clear by-products of chemical-based cleaners such as toilet cleaners and tiles cleaners. Aloe vera is a very good choice to keep by a kitchen window. The gel of aloe vera can also be effectively used to heal cut and fire burn.
Gerbera Daisy: This plant with bright orange flowers can clean trichloroethylene, which is an active ingredient of dry cleaner, from the air. It also removes the benzene that is found in writing inks. If you have a sunny bedroom, this is an ideal Plant to keep beside your room’s window.
Snake Plant: It is popularly known as mother-in-law’s tongue. This plant is really good for filtering out formaldehyde that is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal makeover products. It can grow good in low light conditions.
Golden Pothos: It is also know as Devil’s Ivy due to its ability of staying green even when kept in dark places. It’s fast growing and can effectively clean formaldehyde from air. The car garage is a good place to keep this plant as the exhaust fume is full of formaldehyde
Red-edged Dracaena: Originally from the exotic Madagascar this beautiful plant can tolerate different temperature ranges. It is a very good plant for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the indoor air. The plant generally grows as long as 6 feet if not trimmed.