Plants that Clean Pollutants in Indoor Air
A two year study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration found that greenery in a room really does act like an air purifier in removing pollutants. They also discovered that some plants worked better than others when removing different types of toxins. Studies show that plants can remove pollutants from the air within your home or work place.
Many individuals are unaware that the air they and their families are breathing may be contaminated by a variety of household toxins.
There are a number of indoor air pollutants that may be floating around in your home or office. Radon gas, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, lead dust,asbestos fibers, Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Monoxide, pollen, dust mites, mildew, mold, bacteria, pet dander are just a few of the pollutants that may be poisoning the air within your home.
Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that air levels within enclosed buildings may be up to two to five times more polluted than that of outdoor air levels. These studies also found that the air within some enclosed areas was actually up to one hundred times more polluted than outdoor air pollution levels.
Wondering how all this bad air gets inside your home when you spend a great deal of your time trying to keep the house germ free? It sounds illogical that the air inside a building can be more polluted than air outdoors but it can be. Much of this indoor pollution is actually produced within the residence itself. Cigarette smoking, radon gas leakage, mildew, and mold are obvious contributors to indoor toxins within the home. What most people are not aware of though is the seriousness of chemical leakage as a contributor to the toxicity of your home's air. Chemicals leach from common household items such as rugs, paint, pressed wood products, household cleaners, pesticides, photo copiers, and plastics.
Wondering which plants remove which toxins? All houseplants can help but there are some that work better than others to filter the air. It was discovered during the study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that some species of plants were better at removing distinct toxins from the air around them than others.
The plants that were most effective in cleaning polluted air were of a wide variety of species. The flowering Gerbera daisy and Chrysanthemum were the best plants for removing benzene from the air. While the Spider plant, Philodendron, and Golden Pothos were most effective in removing formaldehyde from the air. The Bamboo palm, Dracaena Massangeana cane, Mother-in-Law's tongue, English Ivy, Peace lily (Spathiphyllum), Fig tree (Ficus) as well as Chinese evergreen species of plants were all shown to be very good air purifying plants.