Plants kept in our homes are probably the best inside air cleaners. However, some of them are far more effective and useful than others when it comes to filtering out toxins and air pollutants.
NASA conducted research looking for the best way of cleaning the air in their space stations. They have found several plants being useful in the removal of toxic chemicals and substances such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and xylene, all of them being connected to specific health effects such as headaches and eye irritation.
Below, you can see the plants that are most useful natural air purifiers.
Moreover, this houseplant is quite resistant, so just a small amount is needed so it can stay healthy. Despite its ability to remove toxins, the snake plant will also be useful to keep it in your bedroom as it can produce oxygen during the night.
Spider plant or Chlorophytum comosum
This plant can stay healthy even when there is just minimal light present. It can also absorb toxins from the air like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, styrene and also gasoline. Just one such plant may effectively purify the air in the space of about 200 square feet.
Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum
When removing toxins and chemicals present in the air, the Peace Lily is an excellent plant. It is herb which filters toluene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and even ammonia. There is one principle downside of the Peace Lily, and it is that ingesting some part of it can be mildly toxic. After you ingest some part, you can feel nauseous, or experience some difficulties in swallowing, and even feel a kind of burning sensation in the skin or mouth. When such symptoms appear, you should opt for medical help right after you start feeling them.
As NASA suggests, you should keep somewhere from 15 to 18 plants, in a 500 square feet area, which means 3 or 4 plants will be enough for a smaller home. Also, remember to place one plant in the bedroom as you spend half of your time in it too.
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Sources: NASA Clean Air Study
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