Plants: The Natural Air Purification System
There are several ways to purify your air, but one way that gets looked over quite a bit is—well—it’s by having plants in your home. If you love science, and you really paid attention in class all those years ago you know that plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and turn that CO into Oxygen. All plants go through this filtering type of process. However, did you know that there are plants out there that remove the toxins from the air? You can buy all the tech you want to help purify and detoxify that air in your home, but sometimes all you need is a little help from Mother Nature herself.
Purple Waffle Plant
At the University of Georgia, Researchers tested about twenty-eight common indoor plants for their ability to remove the top five indoor pollutants. The Purple Waffle Plant was rated one of the best detoxifiers. This exuberant plant is actually very low-maintenance, and you can easily place it over a cupboard or on top of a shelf in any area in your house or office.
If you’ve ever painted your home, have carpeting, or you have a lot of plastics around your home then the Peace Lily will be your best friend. This particular lily absorbs pollutants such as Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Benzene, and Xylene. Unlike the Purple Waffle Plant, the Peace Lily requires watering once a week, and it can be placed anywhere in the home. This lily is great, but after all it’s still a lily, so if you have pets make sure the peace lily is out of your pet’s reach.
Aloe Vera is known for its soothing healing factors for people who have suffered a bean sunburn, but this plant does so much more than that. It absorbs chemicals from cleaning products and even give you a warning sign by developing brown spots if the chemicals reach a high enough level. Bring this plant indoors to help get rid of chemicals like Formaldehyde and Benzene, which are two carcinogens.
Rated by NASA as having the eighth highest removal rate for Formaldehyde – a chemical found in carpeting. This beautiful palm actually helps restore moisture to dry winter air at levels equivalent to an electric humidifier.
The Golden Pothos is another gorgeous plant, but unlike the other plants, the Golden Pothos is fast-growing. We suggest placing this particular plant in or near your garage because engine exhaust is a primary source of formaldehyde.
The Money Plant
If you’re superstitious this plant is for you. This particular plant is an incredible air purifier that removes not only formaldehyde but a ton of other pollutants as well. So on top of being able to detoxify your home, The Money Plant supposedly brings the owner good luck. However, this bonsai tree should be out of the reach of cats, dogs, and children.
This plant is just as stunning as the others, and it can grow to be fifteen feet tall. The best part of the Red-Edged Dracaena is that it removes toxic chemicals found in lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline.
These are just seven plants that help detoxify your home, and in a world as diverse as ours (again) there are plenty of other plants that help do the same thing. Do your research, and see which plant works best for you.
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