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We all know very well that air pollution is on a new high in our cities, but if I tell you that our smart homes actually trap the pollution inside, you would certainly be unhappy with your condition. There are chemicals like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene and many more in your house right now.
To keep your family safe from these gases, a very unique, natural, and economical solution exists, one which we have been using for millions of years. Plants. Our flora is able to protect us from such gases and there are some countable species which are the best at purifying the air around us. Let’s have a look.
1.Snake Plant (SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA)
This is a common and inexpensive plant and works best against harmful formaldehyde. Its sharp leaves make sure that the plant does not lose too much water over perspiration and in turn making it easier for you to take care of it.
The best part is unlike most plants release carbon dioxide at night but this plant releases oxygen, therefore keeping the Snake plant next to your bed is not a bad idea.
2.Bamboo Palm (CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII)
This plant tends to grow very big in a short span of time and it is the best against formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.
The Palm humidifies the air and the best part is you can place it anywhere inside your house as the plant prefers shade rather than direct sunlight.
3.Areca Palm (CHRYSALIDOCARPUS LUTESCENS)
The Areca Palm is shorter compared to the Bamboo plant but keeps its head high with the ability to cleanse mostly every single one of the toxic elements found indoors.
You can keep the plant anywhere in the house and it is simple to take care of.
4. Dwarf Date Palm (PHOENIX ROEBELENII)
Looks like Palm trees are the best at everything but this one special in terms of cleansing xylene to the highest degree.
The Dwarf Date is a medium-size plant and prefers direct sunlight to grow in size.
5. Spider Plant (CHLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM “VITTATUM”)
Another insect name plant but termed aptly. The Spider plant is beautiful and grows faster than the other plants. It is great at clearing up formaldehyde, xylene, and carbon monoxide from the air.
Natural light is a must but will have problems against direct sunlight. It does not require daily maintenance, all you need to make sure is that the plant gets watered twice a week.
6. Dracaena (DRACAENA SPP.)
The Dracaena cleanses trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene easily from your house.
It will grow to 10 feet if unrestricted, due to its leaves structure watering should be at a minimum and needs very little sunlight. Keeping it next to freshly painted houses is beneficial as trichloroethylene is harmful to humans and it comes from paints and solvents.
7. Ficus/Weeping Fig (FICUS BENJAMINA)
The Weeping Fig is an excellent air purifier due to its ability to work spectacularly against toluene and the other common gasses.
The plant requires direct sunlight every day. If you have pets like a dog or a cat then stay careful as it may not suit pets.
8. Rubber Plant (FICUS ROBUSTA)
Another plant that may harm your pets but is an excellent air purifier. Eliminates mostly all toxins and best against formaldehyde.
Grows to a height of 10 feet and can thrive in low light and even lower temperature making it ideal for your rooms with constant air conditioning.
9.English Ivy (HEDERA HELIX)
If someone smokes near or in your house, the English Ivy can eliminate the carcinogens which are produced by smoking.
It is a fast-growing plant requires direct sunlight and moist soil for rapid growth.
Use a huge container to plant an English Ivy for faster growth.
10. Aloe Vera (A. BARBADENSIS)
Aloe Vera is a common household plant, generally used for skin maintenance. You can not only use it for skin care but also use it as an air purifier against formaldehyde and benzene.
It is typically a small plant and requires minimal water to thrive.
11. Gerbera Daisy (GERBERA JAMESONII)
The Daisy flowers every month and all you have to do is keep water drainage active to not clog the soil.
Maximum direct sunlight is needed throughout the day and natural fertilizers as per the plant size.
Daisy is amazing at filtering benzene and trichloroethylene at a very high rate
12. Chinese Evergreen (AGLAONEMA SP.)
The Chinese Evergreen is the easiest plant to take care of on this list. The plant thrives in any kind of atmosphere and efficient at clearing indoor toxins.
The plant is very common and aesthetically beautiful for your house due to its leaves and plant size.
13.Peace Lilies (SPATHIPHYLLUM)
The Peace Lily can efficiently clean almost all the recognized indoor toxin but it can cause skin irritation if touched by a pet or human. Keep the soil very moist and under direct sunlight for growth.
This plant can be amazing to keep as a hanging garden decoration with its practical application.
14. Devils Ivy (EPIPREMNUM AUREUM)
A durable plant with the ability to survive in any livable condition and one of the best at air purification.
It works strong against benzene and formaldehyde and grows to a height of 8 feet. To keep the soil moist cut the tendrils if necessary
15. Chrysanthemums (CHRYSANTHEMUM MORIFOLIUM)
The Chrysanthemum is the last but the best one on the list.
It is a very peculiar plant as it is ranked highest in air purification but purifies air only when the flowers bloom.
Given that the flowers bloom for only six weeks, it cleans up to 98 percent of the polluted air and it filters out ammonia too.
You can use fertilizer to make more flowers bloom.
Plants not only provide air purification and oxygen, but they also make your house look beautiful and soothe the color temperature. Each plant has different attributes, therefore, using them aptly will keep your house toxin-free and in most cases more humid.
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