Indoor plants are a great way to add a touch of nature in your home. Besides providing an uplifting aesthetic appeal, indoor plants can play a very important role in improving the indoor air quality in your home and office.
Bill Wolverton an environmental scientist, who worked with NASA in the 1960’s and 70’s, was among the first to recommend the use of indoor plants for purifying the air. He discovered that houseplants absorbed indoor chemical pollutants, such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene, found in common household products. He also wrote the book ‘How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office’, which has since been translated into several languages.
Even if you use environmentally friendly products and have an air purifier to filter the dust particles, the air inside your home and office may be more polluted than the air outside. Indoor plants can help your home and office become healthier spaces by purifying the air of pollutants and allergens.
Place a handful of these household plants, widely recognised for their indoor air-cleaning benefits, to improve the indoor air quality in your home and office –
1. Aloe Vera: You may have dubbed aloe vera for healing sunburns, but did you know that this easy-to-grow plant is effective at absorbing pollutants (formaldehyde and benzene) found in household cleaning products, paints, inks, plastics, glue, as well as personal products (toilet paper, tissues).
2. Spider plant: Even if you suffer from arachnophobia (fear of spiders), keep a spider plant at home. This resilient plant can cleanse the air of harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene, used in the making of leather and rubber products as well as in the printing industry.
3. Gerber daisy: Love getting your clothes dry-cleaned? Then do keep this cheerful flowering plant to rid the air of trichloroethylene that comes back with your dry-cleaned clothes. This flowering plant is also good at filtering benzene.
4. Mother-in-law’s tongue (or the snake plant): This cheekily named indoor plant is great for filtering out formaldehyde.
5. Chrysanthemum: Add a dash of colour and fresh air in your office and home with these flowering plants. Use them to filter out benzene. Place them in a spot where there is adequate sunlight.
6. Red-edged dracaena: This indoor plant is very effective at filtering xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde found in lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.
7. English Ivy: This plant reduces airborne faecal-matter particles. It also filters formaldehyde and benzene. Place 2-3 pots of ivy in an area of 10 square meters.
8. Rubber plant: Rubber plants are considered highly auspicious in Feng Shui. But they are also great air purifiers. These are great for absorbing carbon monoxide and reducing dust in your home or office.
9. Golden pothos: Place this plant in your garage to absorb the formaldehyde contained in the exhaust fumes.
10. Warneck dracaena: This striking, but low maintenance indoor plant can be used to combat the pollution arising from varnishes and oil.
So there you have it, our list of 10 indoor plants that can work wonders as nature’s air conditioners in your home and office.
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