Detox your home with these air-purifying household plants

With air pollution taking a toll on our health and lives, do you wonder what could help filter the air you inhale?  Air-purifying household plants, can do the trick.

For outdoor and indoor pollution, caused by poor ventilation, harmful emissions, extreme temperatures, etc., these houseplants are gas-absorbents that can potentially clean the surrounding air, according to a study by NASA scientists. They also identified 50 plants that can act as anti-pollution agents.

They can remove hazardous pollutants from the air, such as formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) airborne biological pollutants, disinfectants, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and pesticides.

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health” says a source. The pollutants do not only cause difficulty in breathing, but can also lead to ‘sick building syndrome’ causing allergies, headaches, nausea, nervous-system disorders, and fatigue. It can also prove to be life-threatening.

Adding air-purifying plants to your garden, will not just provide you cleaner air, but also decrease your stress-levels and mental fatigue. Plant these seeds in your home, and firm the roots of good air around you.

  1. Aloe

Aloe is a cactus-like plant that absorbs the harmful gases, such as formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide, and improve the level of oxygen in the air. According to Earthship, one pot of aloe is equivalent to nine biological air cleaners.

Location – Indoors
Watering – Not regular
Temperature – 15 to 45 degree Celsius                                                                                                                                             Light – Shade, bright light

  1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

From de-toxifying the indoor air to producing great amounts of water vapor, Areca is extremely effective in keeping your surrounding moist. Ideally, the plant must be kept in a humid area. It is named as “the most efficient air humidifier” by MetaEfficient.

Location – Indoors
Watering – Not regular
Temperature – 15 to 35 degree Celsius                                                                                                                                             Light – Shade, bright light

  1. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Known as the “bedroom plant”, a unique quality about Snake Plant is that, it exhales oxygen at night, while other plants consume oxygen during this time. The plant also gets rid of formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.

Location – Indoors/Outdoors
Watering – Not regular
Temperature- 15 to 35 degree  Celsius

Light – Shade, bright light

  1. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

A NASA study confirmed the ability of English Ivy, (amongst other indoor plants) to reduce volatile organic compounds, that are some of the known pollutants. It can also pull out fecal mold and matter from the air.

Location – Indoors
Watering – Less frequent
Temperature – 5 to 30 degree Celsius                                                                                                                                          Light – Shade, artificial light

  1. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm (or Chamaedorea seifrizii), can provide improved air quality. The plant thrives in a moist place, with abundant sunlight.

Location – Indoors
Watering – Regular
Temperature – 10 to 35 degree Celsius                                                                                                                                                 Light – Shade, artificial light

6.   Boston Fern                                                                                                                                                      

The Boston fern was titled as the most- effective Formaldehyde filtering plant. It also has the ability to remove toxins, and produce ample amount of pure air.

Location – Indoors
Watering – Regular
Temperature – 15 to 35 degree Celsius                                                                                                                                                 Light – Shade, artificial light

  1. The Rubber Plant

Rubber plants remove chemical pollutants (especially formaldehyde) from indoor air, requiring less light than several other plants, and outperforming all other ficuses, according to AvianWeb.

Location – Indoors
Watering –Not regular
Temperature – 15 to 30 degree Celsius

Light – Shade, artificial light

According to NASA it is suggested that one should ideally plant 15-18 of these air-purifying plants (may vary according to the size of the area) in your vicinity.

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