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Indoor Plants that Help to Clean the Air inside your Home Naturally
The air inside your home can contain harmful pollutants that affect the body system and are the cause of many ailments. The pollutants inside your home can be from furniture, paint, printers or paraffin wax candles.
Indoor plants have the ability to remove harmful pollutants and clean the air in your home naturally.
Sources of Pollutants inside Your Home
- Paraffin wax candles emit chemicals that can damage the liver, nervous system and cause leukaemia. Constant exposure to these chemicals can cause damage to the lungs and tissues of the heart.
- Printers emit micro particles from cartridges. These micro particles can easily enter the lungs and irritate and inflame the lungs.
- Furniture made out of fiber wood or pressed wood emit formaldehyde that can trigger allergy, asthma and nausea.
- Smoke from cigarettes pollutes the surrounding air with harmful chemicals.
- Homes that are located near gas stations are most likely to have air indoors contaminated with benzene. Benzene can cause coughing, wheezing, nausea, watery eyes or dizziness. The air inside your home can also contain benzene if you have bought newly painted items or items that are glued together.
- Methanol is present in paint strippers, aerosol spray paints, wall paints and wind shield wiper fluids. It can also mix with air from water or soil that is contaminated with methanol. Inhaling methanol can cause headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems or breathing problems.
- Xylene is mainly used as a solvent in printing, rubber and leather industries. Xylene is one of the components of cleaning agents, it is also used as a thinner for paints and in varnishes. Xylene is used in small amounts in the manufacture of plastics, chemical and synthetic fibers. Xylene is also found in small amounts in airplane fuels and gasoline. Xylene evaporates easily and pollutes the surrounding air.
Short term exposure to Xylene can cause difficulty in breathing, wheezing, asthma, throat irritation and stomach problems.
Dendrobium is a tropical orchid that is easy to grow at home. They are great for indoor decorations and their blooms last for about 8 -10 weeks. They are also great as cut flowers because of their sturdy stems.
The Dendrobium Orchid removes a harmful chemical called xylene from the surrounding air in your home. Xylene is present in glues used in furniture and paint on the walls. People who are moving into new homes will benefit greatly from the Dendrobium Orchid.
Peace Lilies are great indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions. They can stand cold temperatures even below 55 degrees centigrade.
Peace Lilies remove harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene from the surrounding air in your home.
Peace Lilies can also be used for decorating your home.
Anthuriums are very exotic looking plants that have large leaves. They are great as indoor plants and grow well in low light conditions. They remove ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the surrounding air in your home. Anthuriums are also great for decorating your indoor space.
Schefflera has glossy looking leathery oval leaves with a waxy shine. A mature Schefflera plant will have six to twelve leaves cascading down from a single stalk.
They are sturdy plants that last for a long time. They are great as indoor plants for decorating your home. These plants remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and toluene. They also remove toxins released into the surrounding air by cigarettes.
Pothos plant has golden greenish yellow heart shaped leaves. They can survive in low light conditions and cold temperatures. They remove carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the surrounding air.
Ferns are plants that remove pollutants like toluene and xylene that are found in many paints and glues. They have soft feathery leaves and large fronds. Ferns grow well indoors and look great as decorative plants.
Red Edged Dracena
Red Edged Dracena is a fast growing shrub. The leaves of this plant have red edges and look very colorful. This plant adds color to your living room and is great for decorating your home.
The Red Edged Dracena can survive with very little water but needs bright light. Keep this plant near the window sill or in a place where there is lots of light entering your home. The Red Edged Dracena removes pollutants like xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde that can enter your home through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.
Bamboo Palm is also known as the reed palm. This palm grows easily in shady indoor spaces and produces small flowers and berries. The Bamboo Palm filters out benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.