Aren’t we all relieved after we reach our home because the vicinity of our home is safe and free of pollution? But we are absolutely wrong. There are many types of pollutants lurking in our home and is unknowingly harming our health. It is important that we understand the critical health problems these pollutants pose and take necessary precautions.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside
Here are some common examples of indoor air pollutants:
Volatile organic compounds: These get mixed with the air from cleaning products, paints, pesticides, glue, hairspray, permanent markers, and home printers (even fabrics and upholstery!).
Formaldehyde: It is a chemical used in flooring, curtains, carpets, upholstery and compressed wood furniture that has adverse effects on respiratory and immune system.
Tobacco: Do you have a smoker in the house? If yes, your home is heavily polluted with toxic chemicals from tobacco.
Nitrogen oxide: Due to poor combustion like stoves, ovens, kerosene heaters or ill-fitted vented appliances, nitrogen oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is produced that irritates the respiratory system and mucus membranes.
Top 5 oxygen-enriching plants
1. Snake plant
Keep a pot of snake plant in your bedroom as it converts the carbon dioxide into oxygen at night and releases very low levels of carbon dioxide during the day. This helps to keep the indoor air clean.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera helps to clear air pollutant gases like formaldehyde and benzene that is a by-product of paints and chemical-based cleaners. Keep one of these in your kitchen and purify the air. It can also be used to treat skin burns and wounds.
(Know the Benefits of Aloe Vera)
3. Money Plant
We all know that according to feng shui, money plant brings in wealth and prosperity. Though that is a traditional belief, according to science, money plant helps in cleaning the volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the air of the house.
4. Peace Lily
This is a flowering plant that is a general cleanser and purifies the air inside your home. It is said to efficiently remove all the common indoor pollutants that are generated by furniture, electronics, and other cleaning products. Do keep a pot of peace lily in your home because even NASA recommends this as a top-rated plant for this purpose.
5. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palm is also known as areca palm or the butterfly palm. It is an excellent air-purifying plant that eliminates some of the most harmful toxic gases like formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. They grow to great heights in a shorter time but you can always control their height by confining them in smaller pots.
If you love greens, these indoor plants are a good addition to your home. They not only beautify your home but also naturally purify the air within.
Breathe pure, live healthy!