The average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors. While this is a concerning statistic all on its own, it’s even more frightening to know that indoor air pollutants make up one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
If you’re looking to decrease these risks, at least in your own home, it’s helpful to know that indoor plants can turn your once-polluted home into one of cleanliness with offerings of increased mental clarity and happiness as a result. It’s amazing what just one house plant can do. As such, we’ve included the top five plants for purifying indoor air.
If you manage to kill the supposed “unkillable” houseplants(hardy plant), then a spider plant is a good option for you. This plant is one of the easiest to grow and can thrive in both bright light and indirect sunlight.
Whether you’re away for work a lot, or you just forget to water it, a spider plant will bounce back with no trouble at all. The best part is, these stunning houseplants remove formaldehyde and xylene from any office or home environment.
If you’re not prone to allergies, a peace lily is a gorgeous and beneficial houseplant to have. They bloom fragrant flowers throughout the summer months and thrive in shady areas within your home. While easy to grow, they do need their soil to be kept moist. Peace lilies help to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, and more.
If you don’t mind giving your plants constant attention, you might consider inviting a Boston fern to take up permanent residence in an indirectly lit part of your home. They need daily watering, a good dose of water once per month, and need to stay moist. Boston ferns are well known for their air cleaning properties and help to remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Aloe vera is a must-have plant in any household. Not only is its aloe fluid beneficial for cuts, burns and many kinds of wounds, but it also features enzymes, amino acids and vitamins to be beneficial for skin conditions as well. However, there’s more to aloe vera than meets the eye. It’s also able to remove formaldehyde from the air. Keep it well drained from standing water and reap the benefits of this healing plant.
If you’ve got plenty of room in your home, you might look at considering adding a bamboo palm to your plant menagerie. While it’s not a typical houseplant – growing up to 12 feet high – it does remove a range of pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. It thrives in bright light and is a pet-friendly addition to any home.
Living in a home, or working in an office, featuring too many air contaminants can play havoc with your health. If you don’t have adequate ventilation such as windows, or your space is lacking a houseplant, you might find yourself suffering from headaches and nausea on a regular basis. If you’re put into a poorly ventilated environment for too long, you might also suffer from ear, nose and eye irritation. By putting steps in place to kit out your home or office with plants now, you’re greatly reducing the risk of air pollutants ever being a problem in the future.