Did you think your home is the safest place on earth because there is no pollution? Well, it’s time that we burst the bubble for you! A report by the WHO reveals that 4.3 million people die worldwide due to pollution inside the house. Respiratory diseases, stroke, lung diseases, cancer, and stroke are as much caused by indoor pollution as by outdoor pollution. Deodorants, house cleaning sprays, detergents, hair sprays, air fresheners, furniture polish, indoor paints, cooking methods, and dust are responsible for the decline in indoor air quality. It also lies in our actions to bring down the air pollution and improve the quality of breathing air in the vicinity of our homes. We can plant some greenery in a few corners of our home to purify the air within.
How indoor plants clean the surrounding air?
- Indoor plants have air purification capacities and scientists have observed that not just carbon monoxide, it can also absorb gases of other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- This process is called phytoremediation and indoor plants absorb the pollutant gases from the air through leaves and roots.
- The soil of these potted plants has micro-organisms that neutralize the effect of pollutants.
Here are some indoor potted plants that you can adopt:
1. Aloe vera
This is a highly beneficial plant to cleanse the toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from carpets and particle boards. This plant is easy to grow as it requires little water and a lot of sunlight. You can grow it in a small pot too. Keep a pot of aloe vera near a window and watch it grow.
(Know about Health Benefits of Aloe Vera)
2. English ivy
English ivy is found in many variants and can well adapt to indoor conditions. Depending on the varieties it prefers bright to dim-lit light situations. It eliminates benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and other harmful compounds from the air.
3. Snake plant
This is a very low maintenance plant and is also called mother-in-law’s tongue. It filters the air of formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene. The best part about this plant is it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. This plant helps you to get direct oxygen.
4. Peace lily
This is considered as one of the top 3 air-purifying plants by NASA that removes common household toxins including ammonia. However it is toxic to animals and children, hence it should be better kept out of reach.
5. Money plant
It is a powerful air-purifying plant that produces oxygen at night unlike other plants breathing out carbon-dioxide. It keeps VOC off the air that comes from carpets and synthetic paints.
6. Bamboo palm
With its long green leaves, this plant looks very appealing when kept in the corner of a large room. It removes toxins from indoor air like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and xylene. This plant also transpires moisture into the air making it a great indoor plant.
This plant has got the highest ranking in purifying toxic chemicals from the air like formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene. They also rid the air of ammonia. However, if you have pets you might not want this plant around as it is toxic to cats and dogs.
8. Spider plant
This plant is non-toxic and eliminates harmful gaseous compounds like formaldehyde and xylene. Watering them for just two to three times a week is absolutely fine.
9. Rubber plant
Studies have been conducted on this plant by NASA and it has proved to improve the indoor air quality by absorbing airborne chemicals. It also eliminates bacteria and mold spores in the air. They can grow in minimal sunlight too.
10. Warneck Dracaena
These plants are usually found in commercial and office spaces. It helps to combat and eliminate the poisonous gases that spoil the air due to paints and varnishes, detergents, oils.
Buy a few of these plants and keep them at home or at office space. Look after the well-being of your families and your employees.