Plants are a great way to spruce up a space and add freshness to the air. But there’s more to a plant than just décor. Adding houseplants in your living area can have many potential air-purifying benefits. Without being aware of it, there are numerous different toxins that exist in the air we breathe. The top three to be wary of are benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. These pollutants hold significant importance in contributing to health risks such as allergies, asthma, and cancer. This is of great concern due to the fact that these chemicals are laced with many things found in our homes such as furnishings and furniture; wall paint, synthetic fibres, plastic, and adhesives, to just name a few. It’s concerning to say the least, especially if you have small children, but there are measures you can take to ensure better air-quality. So, here is a list of five plants that naturally detoxify the air in which you breathe. Each one of these plants are quite common and you may already have one or two of them improving your air quality at the moment.
1. Peace Lily
This unique plant vigorously filters formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene. I love the name, implying the care and affection it brings to an environment. Not to mention it is seriously stunning and looks fab in just about any space. This low-maintenance greenery is great since it can go just about anywhere. Whether it be in direct shade or sunlight and it requires minimal care and attention, with a drink once a week.
2. Red-Edged Dracaena
This “edgy” looking plant not only adds a two-tone colour palate to your décor, but it also works hard to combat poor air-quality. It effectively absorbs xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air in the surrounding environment. It performs this function by synthesizing the toxins around it and dispersing them throughout the plant while keeping you and other household-inhabitants safe and chemical-free.
3. Aloe Vera
Other than having natural skin-healing properties, aloe can also help to filter the air by absorbing pollutants found in chemically-laden cleaning products. As an alert, aloe leaves will begin to form brown spots if the amount of toxins exceed a certain level of harmfulness. Treat this helpful tell-tale sign as a note of caution for your living environment and the negative outcome it may have on your health.
4. Golden Pothos
This plant can extract pollutants emitted in the air. The common chemicals found in the use of these products include, but are not limited to: formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. Golden Pothos is a beautiful, fast-growing plant with a real act in cleaning house. The notion of “the bigger the better” applies in this case, as the increase in size better amplifies the air-cleaning benefits that this plant has to offer.
5. Rubber Plant
Rubber plants are super easy to keep as a result of their resilient nature. The rich green leaf on this plant can compliment any interior style and looks rad in a large earthy planter, as seen pictured below. The awesome factor of this plant is that the bigger it gets, the more efficient it is at removing formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from the air and filtering out the toxins.
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Notes to consider:
*Regardless of the many benefits these plants have on the air we breathe, it is important that you take caution as they can be toxic if ingested by house pets and small children.
**Look for GREENGUARD certified products when looking for household items. The standards for these green products guarantee to improve indoor air quality. I purchased Natart bedroom furniture for my son’s nursery with this goal in mind.
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