Living in an energy efficient area have side effects like less air flow which can build up indoor air pollution and can cause health issues like asthma. In fact, new or old furnishings, synthetic materials and even the carpet or rugs may carry more chemicals than expected. These chemicals can create up to 90 percent of indoor air pollution. To over come it, air purifiers is best idea but you can choose a natural way to have clean air as it is environment friendly and in a long run, curbs the problem of outdoor pollution also. Hence, choose plants to make your room and home a healthy space.
Plants have lot of benefits and few of them are:
- they improve mood and increase productivity level
- enhance focus and concentration
- improve memory
- reduce stress and fatigue
Plants that Purify the Air
According to studies, indoor plants have the potential to remove up to 70 percent of the volatile organic compounds in air. Listed below are few indoor plants that can get you one-step closer to breathing fresh, clean air at your office or home.
1. Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)
Everybody aware of the health benefits associated with aloe vera but it can filter formaldehyde from the air. This plant is low maintenance as long as it is situated in a spot having plenty of sunlight.
2. Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii)
Scientists believe it can improve indoor air quality by removing carbon monoxide and benzene. They have bright and colorful flowers which is add-on point. Remember that they’re not easy to grow indoors as they need outdoor conditions. Expensive and requires well-drained soil that’s been full with compost.
3. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)
This plant has a knack for absorbing benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde. It is a full green plant for bright interiors with its beautiful swirls. Buy it when it is small in size but keep a bigger space as it grows very fast. Once it matures and space is not enough, move it to outdoor area. It can survive in both the conditions and relaxing for eyes.
4. Dendrobium Phalaenopsis
These lovely, bright color orchid is treat to yourself. They can get rid of volatile pollutant that comes from glue and paint. For best results, grow them under direct bright light as in shade, they will move in direction of sunlight. They bloom in season of spring.
5. Spider Plant (Chlorohytum Comosum)
It removes various toxins from the air. It can easily adapt to any environment and require less attention. Misting the plant regularly will rid it of pests. They grow very quickly, need space. Remember to water your spider plants two to three times a week.
6. Snake Plants (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
It removes pollutants like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, nitrogen monoxide. It has beautiful green leaves with yellow border. It needs low maintenance. You can keep this plant in the your room as it produces large amounts of oxygen at night.
7. Golden Pothos (Scindapsus Aures)
It’s beautiful to look at, need less space and have formaldehyde removal properties. It need less light to grow and is equally easy to maintain. However, this is not a plant to have at home if you have small children or pets, as it can be toxic when consumed.
8. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)
They bloom in one season only, can add colors to any space. They can remove benzene which is a carcinogen found in plastics, dyes and detergents. This plant requires a good amount of sunlight to bloom, so keep it in area where it can get direct sunlight.
9. Schefflera (Brassaia Actinophylla)
This is a small big rooted plant with glossy waxed looking leaves. They are useful in removal of compounds like benzene and toluene, making it a perfect plant to have clean air. They are beautiful dark green plant but keep them away from pets and children as toxic if consumed.
10. Fig / Ficus Tree (Ficus Benjamina)
Fig can remove trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene. It need lot of space if you are keeping it indoors as it can grow very tall. It requires less maintenance and less light.
Concerns with Plants
While choosing indoor plants that can purify the air, consider the space require for them to grow properly, lighting conditions like direct or indirect sunlight area. Additionally, few plants are toxic when ingested making them unsafe to keep with pets and children. So, take a guidance by reading about them or by a person who has already have experience of gardening for the tips. They need care, maintenance to thrive and once you accomplish most of it. Voila!!
OTHER WAYS TO PURE INDOOR AIR
Considering the air quality now a days, everybody is looking for the option to have healthy space. The one you can create at your home with the help of air filters or plants or both. So if you are new to plants or don’t have enough room, purchasing an air purifier is one easy step to cleaner air. But here are few tips to follow:
- Avoid using synthetic cleaners, opt for white vinegar for cleaning mirrors, refrigerators, windows, kitchen and bathroom taps, shower heads, ovens.
- Baking soda for eliminating odors from carpets and removing stains.
- Lemon for cleaning refrigerators, kitchen sinks, toilet bowls and shower doors.
- Rubbing alcohol for the difficult stains
- Natural soaps and shower gels
- Microfiber cloths
- Keep your floors clean by vacuuming and mopping
- Use aromatic candles/ essential oil in place of synthetic air fresheners
- Increase ventilation by keeping windows open for some time
- Install exhaust fans in rooms
Follow these steps and find air purifying plants to make your home a healthy space. It will go a long way to keeping your air fresh and clean. Make a contribution for better environment.
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