10 Easy Houseplants That Absorb Toxins From the Air So That You Don’t Have To
We spend most of our free time in our homes, and having high-quality air and clean living space is a must. The world is too polluted for you do expect miracles, but NASA has provided a list of indoor air-purifiers. We bet you already have these at home.
Toxins enter your body through air, water, cosmetics and food. Constant exposure to toxins may result in serious health conditions. Do you know that the US has approved the use of eighty-four thousand chemicals? In 2011, chemicals provided about $763 billion in revenue. Manufacturers get $8 billion from the production of BPA.
Things get worse in winter months. We’re stuck at home, and the air doesn’t circulate. Let’s not forget all the cleaning products we use to keep our home clean. Well, these chemicals end up in your body.
That’s why you should keep a few air-purifying plants in your home. Here are some suggestions:
Azaleas filter air in kitchens which makes them a good option for those who use toxic detergents.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Plant your English Ivy, because it’s invasive and may choke your plants. It removes airborne fecal-matter particles and cigarette smoke. English Ivy is low-maintenance plant.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Keep it in your laundry or bathroom as it removes mold spores. Peace Lily doesn’t need a lot of water or sunlight to grow. It releases gorgeous flowers, and you can use it as decoration. Peace Lily also removes formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from air. Caution: It’s toxic to cats!
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
Bamboo palms grow up to 10 feet, and fit almost any interior space. This plant removes benzene and trichloroethylene, so try to keep it near furniture that’s prone to off-gassing formaldehyde.
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)
Believe it or not, the more time it spends in a room, the more powerful it becomes in terms of removing air pollutants and toxins. It thrives in low-light setting and releases berries and flowers.
It’s another low maintenance plant. Aloe Vera is often used as a medicinal plant because of its incredible healing power. The plant is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, and B12. You can use the gel to treat cuts and burns. Aloe Vera also cleanses the body and creates an alkaline environment. It enhances digestion, boosts immunity, and improves skin health. Grow it in pots on your window sills.
It cleans air, removes odors, destroys dangerous bacteria and keeps moths away. Pelargonium essential oil helps you sleep well and soothes your nervous system.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
It likes natural light but hates direct sunlight. Keep it in your office as a decoration. Spider plant is a low-maintenance plant and removes carbon monoxide from kitchens. The best part comes when you realize that it grows baby plants of itself.
Rubber plant (Ficus Elastica)
Rubber plant thrives in less light and lower temperatures than other plants with similar size. Of all relatives from the Ficus group, the Rubber Plant is best in removing toxins and pollutants.
Snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
It works at night. The snake plant takes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. It helps you sleep better, and you should keep it in yourbedroom or any other room with carpets. It’s low-maintenance plant that removes formaldehyde released from your carpet and wood furniture.