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Air Purifying Plants - How To Purify Your Indoor Air

By Edited May 31, 2015 2 3
Air Purifying Plant
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What if there was a way to purify your home with plants? Air purifying plants are cheap, beautiful, and will make great decorations for your house too! We all hear talk about how our atmosphere is so polluted, and yet we say “I need fresh air” and then go outside! The truth is the stagnant air inside our homes is tens if not hundreds of times more polluted than it is outside.

According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality can cause:

  • Dizziness, memory loss and headaches
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Skin and eye irritations
  • Allergies, and asthma

Many many things that we do, and things we have in our homes can release toxic chemicals, which remain in our homes and we continue to breathe them in untill they are removed. We should be aware of these things so we can consciously make better decisions for our health.

  • When you clean your home with household cleaning products you put chemicals into the air. If you have any air "fresheners" you are putting toxic chemicals into your air.
  • Chlorine in the water volatilizes into the air. So anytime you flush the toilet, or take a hot shower, you are releasing chlorine gas.
  • Furniture you buy like couches, chairs, beds, and other things are usually sprayed and coated with flame retardant chemicals. Which other time are slowly released.

Now you could go out and buy an Air Purifier which is what most people suggest. Air filters can vary greatly in terms of their effectiveness: some are okay, some are decent, and some are good. Fortunately for us, mother nature has provided us a better, more effective, and cheaper way to clean the air in your home; with plants!

Air Purifying Plants Are Incredibly Effective

NASA conducted a study on the benefits of plants on indoor air, and they found that certain air purifying plants were able to remove 87 percent of toxins in 24 hours. They recommend 15 to 18 medium sized plants for a 1,800 square-foot house.

Here is the list that NASA compiled of the best plants:

  • Bamboo palm or reed palm
  • Weeping fig
  • Peace lily
  • Rubber plant
  • Spider plant
  • Elephant ear
  • English ivy
  • Snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue
  • Golden pothos or Devil's ivy
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Heartleaf philodendron
  • Selloum philodendron
  • Red-edged dracaena
  • Cornstalk dracaena
  • Janet Craig dracaena
  • Warneck dracaena
  • Gerbera daisy or Barberton daisy
  • Pot mum or florist's chrysanthemum

Plants remove formaldehyde, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, and a whole host of other chemicals. Plants also add beneficial oxygen back into the air and can act as a humidifier. Begin filling your house with purifying plants today so you and your whole family can start getting healthier, one step at a time.



Jan 6, 2014 12:51pm
This is a very nice article! I'm curious as to which plants on that list are easiest to care for and take up the least amount of space. I don't have a lot of room and need something short.
Jan 8, 2014 12:22pm
You would probably want to go for a snake plant, english ivy, or spider plant. The snake plant can take up a small amount of space because it just grows straight up, so it is very self contained. The english ivy and spider plant are great for hanging on the ceiling, so very good when you have a limited amount of space!
Jan 11, 2014 3:01pm
Thank you very much!
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