Believe it or not, the air inside our homes is more polluted than that outside? Household appliances, PVC joinery, fancy furniture, plywood, linoleum, wallpapers, detergents and pretty much everything you keep at home saturates the air in your home and office with health-threatening substances like benzene, toluene, phenol, formaldehyde, and many other toxins.
Each of these increases the level of dust and germs which harm our health, causing allergies and severe respiratory problems.
Ask nature for help. Yes, that is the best advice you can get. Set up some pot plants in your house, and let them filter the air naturally, absorb “bad things,” and release oxygen.
Even NASA used some of these plants to purify the air in their space stations, so just grab some of these and let them do the job in your house or apartment.
We have listed the top seven air-purifying plants:
1. Schefflera or “umbrella tree” is the ideal solution for rooms where people smoke. It absorbs and neutralizes nicotine and tar from cigarette smoke. Schefflera does not require any fancy maintenance -- all it needs is a lot of light and just a little water.
2. Epipremnumaureum, or “the golden creeper,” eliminates the benzene from the air. It has broad leaves which enable absorption of large amounts of this hazardous substance. The golden creeper became popular because it has modest requirements and it pretty easily grown. The creeper also absorbs many other toxic chemicals.
3. Dracena is what you need if you want to get rid of all that formaldehyde in your home. The tropical plant purifies many toxins, including formaldehyde, a gas that is commonly used in the production of plastics and disinfectants. Dracena likes light, but be careful, you should not expose it to direct sunlignt. You should also not keep it in the draft as it may quickly lose most of its leaves.
4. Hlorofitum is an attractive decoration on each window that gets enough sunlight. It is able to absorb gas emissions quite efficiently, meaning it is a “must” for those who live on the first and second floor.
5. Salon Chamaedorea palm, Chamaedoreaelegans, or the Happiness palm, is one of the healthiest plants that purify air and eliminate toxins. It also moisturizes air and filters toxic substances emitted by plastic items.
6 and 7. Hedera helix, or English Room Ivy and FicusBenjamina, or the Weeping fig, are on the top of the list of air-purifying plants. These plants have the natural ability to filter airborne pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
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