Which is more polluted, outdoor air or indoor air? 10 out of 10 times, the indoor air in your apartment, house or office is going to be worse than the outside air. The indoor air polluting has been ranked by the EPA between the top five greatest risks to public health, and stagnant indoor air permits pollutants to stick and build up to the things inside the home.
The things in the home can emit some toxic chemicals like the formaldehyde. Also, you can be impacted by pollutants like bacteria, pollen, mold, and different outdoor contaminants that are somehow inside. Luckily, the houseplants can help us to solve some of these problems. Find out which are they.
- Spider Plant
The spider plants are so easy to grow, so it is a great one to start with if you are a beginner. It lights bright and indirect light, and also sends out shoots with many flowers on them that will probably grow into baby spider plants which you can propagate yourself. You will have more spider plants than you will know what to do with them.
- Garden Mum
This plant was discovered by NASA to be a real air-purifying monster. It removes benzene, ammonia, xylene and formaldehyde from your air at home. It is inexpensive and popular, and also they can be planted outside too.
There are more than 40 types of Dracaena plants, and that makes it easy to discover the right one for you. They remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are toxic to dogs and cats though, so if you have pets, you have to think twice about this plant.
- Peace Lily
Not just does the peace lily send up wonderful flowers, but they are impossible to kill and also have amazing air cleaning abilities. The peace lily flower through most of the summer and this plant prefers shady spots with moist, but not a soggy soil. It removes benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
The ficus trees are able to grow really large and that depends of the type of pot you will keep them in. They usually stand between 2 and 10 feet tall, and the ficus has some amazing air cleaning abilities. Also, you can keep it outside in the summer and spring. This plant removes trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the indoor air.
- Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
This plant can be seen in many restaurants and offices, and that is for a good reason. They are really much impossible to kill. This plant needs water just occasionally and also prefer drier conditions. Also, they don’t need too much direct sunlight. They remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene from the indoor air.
- Boston Fern
The Boston fern likes cool locations with indirect light and high humidity. The bathrooms are a perfect place for this plant. They remove pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene from the indoor air.
- Aloe Vera
The aloe vera is a multi-use plant. When it is consumed in smaller amounts it has health benefits, relieves burns and also cleans the indoor air. It removes the formaldehyde from the indoor air.
- Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palm is the most effective plant in filtering formaldehyde. They thrive in bright light and full sun. They can grow as high as 12 feet, and they remove formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.