We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of photosynthesis, but did you know they also eliminate harmful gases from the air?
It’s surprising, but indoor air is often much more polluted than the air outside. The air we breathe indoors is contaminated with off-gassing paints, adhesives, plastics, and even some unsuspecting items such as clothing and tap water which are polluting our air with chemicals, some of them known to be carcinogens. Houseplants are able to remove up to 90% of these air toxins! Indoor plants also increase humidity levels and decrease dust which in turn can help prevent you from getting sick. The additional oxygen released from house plants helps fight drowsiness and is said to boost creativity.
All plants have the qualities to help keep your air cleaner, but studies have shown a few particular types of plants perform stronger than others.
1. Chrysanthemums are best at removing three of the most common indoor air pollutants.
2. Aloe Vera is an easy plant to grow and is good at removing toxins used from cleaning supplies.
3. Snake Plant- or ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ is best at filtering out formaldehyde which is found in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care items. Put one of these in your bathroom.
4. Gerbera Daisies- release oxygen at night, so put them next to your bed to get clean air while sleeping.
In addition, dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, palms and the rubber plant were also given high ratings at reducing the most toxins. For best results, it is recommended to have a plant for every 10 sq. yards of floor in your house. And don’t forget to check that the plants you get are safe to have around pets!
So #GoWilde and take a breath of fresh air with a houseplant!