6 Plants That Clean The Air At Home

If you’re going to grow some plants at home, know that some are better than others at cleaning the air we breathe within the confines of our four walls. In a Clean Air Study conducted by NASA, scientists have determined which common indoor houseplants are great at purifying the air.

Affectionately called “oxygen bombs”, these plants were recommended by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and thoroughly studied by NASA. They thought it would be cool to have the air in their space stations filtered by these plants, which have been identified mainly by their ability to eliminate toxins such as  benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (TCE) within the atmosphere.

Peace Lily
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”). Peace lilies are great at removing chemical toxins from the air, filtering out formaldehyde from as well as trichloroethylene.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata “Laurentii”)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata “Laurentii”). Snake plants, or mother-in-law’s tongue, are known for their resilience, and doesn’t need as much sunlight for photosynthesis. Best place to put it? The bedroom– as these plants produce oxygen at night.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica). Another resilient plant, this particular species of Ficus is effective when it comes to cleaning the air of formaldehyde. Be careful though– you wouldn’t want your pets or small children munching on the leaves– they’re pretty toxic when ingested.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English Ivy (Hedera Helix). Fun fact: English Ivy removes 60% of the toxins in the air, including fecal particles within six hours of being brought to an area. Probably the most effective houseplant for getting rid of Benzene and TCE in the air.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum). Spider Plants are very resilient as well, and is found to be effective in absorbing air toxins such as formaldehyde, styrene, and carbon monoxide, as well as gasoline. One of these plants effectively purifies air in a 200-square meter space.
BGC Living - Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera). An excellent choice for raising the oxygen level in your home, with the ability to process carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. They say a single aloe plant can achieve what nine biological air purifiers can.

Feel free to browse through the NASA report here. Their recommendation? Efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space. Removal of toxins in the air inside your home means you won’t be breathing them in as much, and goes a long way towards remedying SBS or Sick Building Syndrome (it seems that it’s actually a real thing!).

Now you know which plants to get for that new condo you have at Bonifacio Global City!

Other great household plants for improving the air quality at home are: Gerbera Daisies, Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures), Chrysanthemums (Chrysantheium morifolium), Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata), Weeping figs (Ficus benjamina), Azaleas (Rhododendron simsii), Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’), Chinese evergreens (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’), Bamboo palms (Chamaedorea sefritzii), and Heart leaf philodendrons (Philodendron oxycardium)

Source: Healthy Tips World

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