Indoor air quality can be up to seven times more polluted than outdoor air.
This is due to toxic chemicals in household cleaning products, air “fresheners” (a very ironic misnomer since they do nothing but pollute the air!), carpeting, furniture varnishes and glues, products treated with fire retardants, and personal care products.
Since we spend most of our time indoors, it is important for us to look for ways to improve indoor air quality.
Fortunately, there exists a cheap, easy, and visually appealing way to cleanse indoor air: houseplants!
NASA even conducted a study on the effectiveness of certain houseplants to purify indoor air.
While all plants produce oxygen, NASA found that these particular plants drastically improve indoor air quality by removing the most common indoor air pollutants.
- Peace Lilly
Great at removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene (the three most common VOCs found in a home).
- Lady Palm
Great at removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia.
- Golden Pothos / Money Plant
Great at removing formaldehyde, monoxide, and benzene.
- Bamboo Palm
Great at removing formaldehyde and benzene. It also acts as a natural humidifier.
- Snake Plant
Great at removing nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. Referred to as the “bedroom plant” since it very efficiently converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night.
- Spider Plant
Great at removing formaldehyde and benzene.
- Aloe Plant
Great at clearing formaldehyde and benzene.