Believe it or not, the air inside your house or office is more polluted that the air outside. According to the EPA, indoor air is ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health.
Pretty much everything in our homes emit some kind of toxic chemical. Your house can also be impacted by bacterial pollutants, pollen, mold and outdoor contaminants that find their way in thought your garage, open windows or your front door.
Thankfully, there’s a way to deal with this health threat: Household plants.
Below are some of the most effective houseplants to help us solve these air quality issues. And the best part, they require little maintenance and are nearly impossible to kill.
1. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms are an effective tool to filter dangerous pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. This plant can grow as high as 12 foot too, so trim it often, or make sure you have enough room for it.
2. Aloe Vera
Very easy to keep. Aloe is a multi-use plant for sure. Not only it can be consumed and used as a superb skin product, it also removes pollutants effectively from indoor air.
3. Garden Mum
This popular and inexpensive plant is an air purifying monster. It’s used by NASA to remove dangerous pollutants from their central command room. It removes ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and benzene from your home or office’s air.
4. Peace Lily
Not only does the peace lily send up beautiful flowers, but this amazing plant effectively removes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia and benzene.
5. Ficus Tree
Ficus trees are a double threat for pollutants. They have some serious air cleaning abilities, removing benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air, and can be grown indoors or outdoors.
While indoor air will never be one hundred percent clean, having these plants inside your house will dramatically improve air quality. You’ll be surprised how much life a single plant can add to your home!
Please let us know of any other plant you use for cleaning indoor air in the comments section below.
H/T: Simple Life Organic