Sunday, 5 June 2016

5 Air Purifying Plants that Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

June 05, 2016

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Aloe (Aloe vera)

Many people have Aloe Vera in their homes because of its healing ability. The gel inside the leaves is excellent for helping to heal burns and cuts. Aloe Vera however, is also a great plant to improve your indoor air quality. This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a slow grower, but it can get quite large. The recommended rule of thumb is one potted houseplant every 100 square feet.

5 Air Purifying Plants that Reduce Indoor Air Pollution
Air Purifying Plants

Peace Lily

Improves indoor air quality by up to sixty percent. Reduces levels of mold spores by absorbing them through leaves. It can also absorb formaldehyde which is commonly found in some household cleaning products and furniture or carpeting treatments. The beautiful broad green leaves and cupped white blooms of the peace lily is a favorite in the NASA study for removing the three most common pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Spider Plant

Commonly found plant and easy to grow indoors. Within 2 days reduces up to 90% of toxins in indoor air. The leaves grow quickly and help to absorb harmful substances like mold and other allergens so it is the perfect plant for those who have common dust allergies.Spider Plants filter out chemicals emitted from leather and rubber. This resilient plant takes very little maintenance, and can get by happily without water.

Dracaena reflexa

Remains green throughout the year. At maturity, white flowers bloom, followed by minute red/orange berries. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.This low-maintenance plant is extremely popular in America not just because it looks cool, but also because it takes little work to keep it alive.

Bamboo Palm

This sturdy palm can grow tall, between 3 to 6 feet, and is an elegant plant in any room.The bamboo palm was the third most powerful plant at removing formaldehyde from the air.Bamboo Palms grow rapidly and can become quite large (up to 20 feet in height), but you can limit their vertical reach by keeping them confined to smaller pots.


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