The majority of us spend our time indoors; especially during the months of winter. Extreme summer months also force us to stay indoors as much as we can, except when we are out swimming. It might not come as a surprise that most adults in the US spend a considerable amount of time within the walls of their homes. We might think that the air within our homes is cleaner than what’s outside, since we have air furnaces with filters. This however, is false since homes, buildings and offices can be polluted. Dust, chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners, carpet cleaners, among other things, can cause the air within our homes to become polluted. Since modern homes are built to be air-tight, these pollutants cannot easily escape, making them trapped within our homes. NASA released an infographic that shows which plants are best to clean the air in your homes.
The study took 27 years to be completed and NASA recommends that we keep at least 1 plant per 100 square feet in order to destress and spruce up the air quality in our homes.
Indoor filters can be extremely expensive, and at the same time, not fulfill their designated purpose; which is remove contaminants from our homes. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to improve the air quality in your home, which is cheaper and has health benefits; by stocking up on these cheap, easy-to-look-after houseplants. Several of these house plants are known to be toxic to pets, so if you are a pet owner, check the toxicity of the plant before introducing it to your home.
1. Pineapple plants not only purify the air, they are also good for those who snore.
Pineapple plants are easy to take care of. They not only are easy on the eye, they can bring a tropical vibe to our room. Like most plants, pineapple plants require carbon dioxide to thrive. What makes them unique is the fact that they do not require oxygen to grow, and oxygen is released as a byproduct during its growth cycle. Having pineapple plants inside your home can be good for you. They breathe in air, remove the carbon dioxide from it and release purified air; thus resulting in fresh, clean air.
According to NASA, the plants are also known to filter many pollutants that are harmful to us, but useful to them. It also helps those who snore at night. The plants filter and improve the air quality in such as way that airways become looser; allowing you to breathe easily without making noises.
2. Aloe Vera can make your living space free from benzene, an industrial solvent commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners.
Aloe vera has always been known for its healing properties. For centuries, we have used it for various purposes such as treating rashes, moisturizing skin and so on. Aside from its healing properties, it is also a great remover of the benzene found all over the surfaces we use every day. Benzene, an industrial solvent, is commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners. Aloe vera, which is basically a low-maintenance plant, can easily absorb benzene within our homes and release clean oxygen.
3. Weeping figs are great at removing toxic trichloroethylene, which can build up in carpets and furniture.
Weeping figs are as unique as they are beautiful. They are miniature topiary trees with low maintenance care requirements that grow very, very slow. Although they can grow to be three feet tall, it will take them a considerable amount of time to reach their full potential. These plants aren’t just visually appealing, they are also good for your health. They can help improve the air quality by removing toxic trichloroethylene.
Trichloroethylene can be found in carpet and metal cleaners, as well as varnishes, glues and paint removers. The weeping fig cleans and removes the harmful content from the air, as long as you provide it with the indirect sunlight it needs to grow.
4. Spider plants are capable of removing up to 90 percent of pollutants in the air.
The spider plant, also known as airplane and ribbon plant, has long grasslike leaves with a white stripe down the middle. The easy to care for plants are good at filtering dust. Those with dust allergies can place a spider plant in their living space because the plant is capable of absorbing mold and other harmful allergens. Studies show that they are also capable of removing traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
5. Boston Fern can serve as a humidifier by restoring moisture in the air.
For those who want the air purified and also suffer from chronic dry skin, the Boston fern can be a handy plant. Although they are not as attractive as other plants, the Boston fern is capable of restoring moisture in the air. They are well known to thrive in humid areas with strong sunlight and several studies show that the plant can also get rid of traces of formaldehyde; a strong-smelling chemical that is used to produce objects like furniture made from manufactured wood.
6. Dwarf date palms are capable of removing xylene, a solvent which affects the nervous system, from the atmosphere.
Mainly found in subtropical landscapes, the dwarf date palm is small enough to grow in a pot and bring indoors for winter in colder climates. They are one of the most popular palm varieties, and unlike the other palm trees, the dwarf palm tree takes a considerable amount of time to grow; making them suitable to be grown indoors. Although they are small in size, the plants are capable of removing xylene, which is colorless and usually found in paint and printing ink. This makes it a good option to have around your work area.
7. Snake plants are also capable of removing xylene from homes and offices. They are well suited to be placed on top of tables at workspaces.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is capable of living for a long time. Not only are they pretty, the plants are capable of removing xylene from homes, which is mainly spread through paints, adhesives, magic markers and nail polish. Long-term exposure can cause severe illness, nausea, irritability, depression and in some cases, short-term memory loss.
8. Peace Lily, an immensely popular houseplant, is capable of reducing the levels of toxins in the air.
The peace lily has been part of our homes for decades. It is not only known for its beauty, but also its ability to reduce the levels of toxins in the air. The plant’s popular name derives from the delicate flowers that soar above the leaves like white flags. Since they are shade thrivers, who can survive in cooler temperatures, the low-maintenance flower is the perfect plant to have around your office.
One peace lily can remove toxins in up to 100-square-feet of space at home. They are capable of removing ammonia – found in plastics, fabrics, dyes and cleaning products – from the atmosphere.
9. Anthurium plants are capable of filtering ammonia, formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Also known as the flamingo flower or laceleaf, the anthurium plants can be toxic to eat, however, they can do wonders when it comes to filtering and cleaning the air around us. The plants are capable of removing ammonia, formaldehyde and xylene from their surroundings, making them suitable for office areas. The Anthurium plant can soak up their toxins and convert them into harmless vapors that are safe for us to inhale.
10. Bamboo palm plants release 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.
Bamboo palm plants are fantastic houseplants. Not only do they provide shade when they grow but they release more oxygen than any other plant. The versatile plants can bring a tropical flair to any space and are proven to filter the air in your home. Besides the low cost of maintenance, they are good filterers of carbon dioxide. The Bamboo palm thrives when kept moist (but not wet) in indirect sunlight. Provided these conditions are kept stable, the Bamboo palm can be counted on to purify the indoor air of anywhere you happen to be.