Air pollution can be defined as the presence of toxic chemicals or compounds in the air, at levels that pose a health risk. Air pollution lowers the quality of the air and causes detrimental changes to the quality of life.
There are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking in your home as well. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be breathing in. Living and working in places with air contaminants can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation. Furnishings, upholstery and cleaning products in homes and offices can emit a variety of toxic organic compounds, like formaldehyde.
The good news is that there is an easy and affordable way to combat the presence of air pollutants we may be breathing in. Plants purify air naturally.
How do Indoor Plants clean the air?
Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide. This is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. Also, microorganisms in the potting soil are responsible for much of the cleaning effect.
Indoor Plants that help to reduce Air Pollution:
Garden Mum and Gerbera: Garden Mum and Gerbera Daisies are the best at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Tulips too are not far behind. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, they can be planted outside after they are finished blooming
Spider plant: Spider plants are easiest to grow indoors. They do not need much care. Just a fan of bright, indirect sunlight and they will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants.
Peace Lily : This is one of the best plants to remove formaldehyde and also to remove benzene. They are relatively small with seashell-shaped spathes. Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer. Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering. It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air
Boston Fern: One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors. Boston fern is known for being the best plant for removing indoor air pollutants, and for adding humidity to the indoor air. They’re relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist and they like to be watered regularly. Without frequent watering and misting, the leaves will quickly turn brown and fall off.
Snake Plant: Snake plants have striking tall, pointy leaves. They do not die off easily. Although it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun. Snake Plant helps to remove formaldehyde and benzene and xylene present in the air.
Aloe Vera: The plant’s leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes and amino acids that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera is not one of the best indoor plants to purify indoor air. But it does have the unique ability to release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide at night, making it a good choice for keeping in a bedroom.
Indoor plants help reduce air pollution in our homes, offices and indoor space. But when we step out of indoors it is a good option to wear an anti-pollution mask. Air pollution mask protects you from PM 2.5, bacteria, dust and even pollen. The primary function of air pollution masks is to filter out particles from the air.
Go Green and Breathe clean air!!