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Do Plants Clean the Air?

Updated on August 23, 2017

A Helpful Introduction to How Plants Clean Air

A lot of people may not know it but our leafy green friends do a lot more work than we think! Trees and plants work hard to clean the air that we breathe. Clean air is a top priority for many people but we produce more pollution and cut down more trees. How soon will it be before the air we breathe becomes to toxic?

Plants require carbon dioxide to grow which happens to be a by-product oxygen breathing animals produce. Plants clean our air by taking the carbon dioxide and converting it to oxygen. In turn we are helping each other.

Have you ever had the chance to breathe fresh mountain air? The air is crisp and fresh. It gives off a sense of being clean. I remember as a child, going hunting on a cold morning and just enjoying the air. The deer didn't excite me to much. There were trees everywhere and in time I learned that they helped clean the air.

Plants also help control the humidity and absorb toxins or off-gassed chemicals. Just a few more ways that plants help clean the air!

How do Plants Clean the Air?

Plants help clean the air by absorbing chemicals and toxins around us. Carbon dioxide is a gas that we expire and plants use this for food. Plants that grow to be big and healthy are truly beneficial to us and our environment!

Leaves absorb the gases and are forced to travel down to root level where the cleaning of the chemicals take place. This process happens through transpiration, a method plants use to release moisture from their leaves. Water essentially rises and the gases drop to base level.

Roots use a bio cleaning method that break the chemicals into harmless products. Soil has millions upon billions, and that is not a typo, of micro-organisms that also help to break down harmful gases . These micro-organisms use them as a food source after being exposed to them.

Plants are a great way to clean the air and look great in any home. You can rid yourself of that stale air feeling and also enjoy the comfort of a cleaner and more healthy air as you sleep!

Date Palms

Date palms are a great way to clean the air indoors. When they end up growing to big for the house, these plants are a great addition to outdoor beauty. These plants work great indoors and outdoors cleaning your air.

Enjoy your Air!

Trees make a large portion of our outdoor vegetative growth. Plants are numerous but trees grow big and large and clean tremendous amounts of air in the process of living. They help balance out the ecosystem. Everyday, new species are being wiped out in the Amazon Rainforest. The Earth's largest natural forest. I enjoy passing the time and reading articles about the rainforest. The pictures are breathtaking!

One day, I plan to travel to the hills of Ireland, and stand on the hillsde in a field and just enjoy every breath, It may sound weird to "enjoy air" but once you travel to a place that has clean air, you will grow to miss it. I would love to be a corporate drone one day but I see more and more are being filled with indoor plants or an extensive outdoor garden. I would love to work at those places because it gives off a better quality of life.

I challenge those who have not traveled and have read this lens to go camping one day and just wake up early when the air is still cold out. If you do not enjoy that moment, I would love to hear about it. I just may have to do it with a disbelieving eye!

Spider Plants

These plants are very easy to grow and look great in any home. They are great hanging plants and are easy to maintain.

Where would you Like your Plant?

Would you Prefer indoor or outdoor plants

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Indoor Plant Arguments!

Would you let Plants Clean your Indoor Air

Aloe Vera Plants

Great for burns and are very easy to grow. Take hardly any experience to grow and produce a great medicinal source!

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    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      If your poll had a "both" option, I definitely would have selected it. Can't imagine living somewhere without plants indoor and close by outside. Nice lens! Adding to my Recycling at Home lens

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      6 years ago

      good lens, thanks

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      7 years ago

      well written lens, i always wonder how people can live without any plant or flower at home

    • kingsrookie lm profile imageAUTHOR

      kingsrookie lm 

      7 years ago

      @yourselfempowered: Absolutely! If you don't want them indoors, at least plants flowers or ferns outside! Looks great and it helps with the quality of life!

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      Odille Rault 

      7 years ago from Gloucester

      Interesting lens! I knew the basic idea, but didn't know the details - great to become more aware of the quality of air. I've never been one for having plants particularly, but I think after reading this I might have to get some! :)


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