Household Plants for Cleaner Air

If you revel in gardening and plants at your home, more power to you. Not everyone feels this way, in fact some of you may be the most forgetful gardeners who have caused casualty to a string of plants or have given up on the art and joys of botanicals.

While these plants add unmistakable beauty with foliage and flowers to your house, indoor plants have been shown to hold stress-reducing properties. You will also be encouraged to know that according to a NASA study, while in search for creating cleaner air for their astronauts, they discovered several plants that have the capacity to purify air by absorbing some of the dangerous toxins found in our environment.

Here are 5 house plants among the NASA 10 that require little effort to keep them alive and have been recommended as air purifiers for your home:

Aloe Verashutterstock_113142826

The Aloe Vera plant is largely known for its healing properties from the gel in the leaves to heal cuts and burns. It can help clear formaldehyde and benzene found in chemical based cleaners and paints. Because it grows best under the sun, it would be a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window.

English Ivy 

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NASA has listed English Ivy as the most effective plant in absorbing formaldehyde. English Ivy is also a great choice for those with pets in the home because it can reduce the amount of airborne fecal matter particles keeping your indoor air fresh and clean.

The plant is very adaptable and grows in medium sunlight with moderate temperatures.

Peace Lily shutterstock_433122295

The Peace Lily carries the ability to purify air by breaking down and eliminating formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, ammonia, xylene and toluene. Peace lily thrives well in the shade and some indirect sunlight.

Snake Plant 

The Snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue does not only filter formaldehyde but absorbs carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night. Having a snake plant in your bedroom would be a boost to the oxygen levels at night.

Red-Edged Dracaena shutterstock_1671337

Easily distinguished by its red-purple edges on its green leaves, this plant will remove formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene. Given that it can grow as high as 15feet tall, it is best for large spaces and high ceilings. It is best in moderate sunlight.

The NASA research recommends the use of 1 plant per 100 square feet for effective air purification. It is also advisable to work with your botanist to select the plant that best suits your home and lifestyle. Be sure to ask whether a plant might be poisonous especially for people with children and pets.

 

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18329704

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study