How Houseplants Can Improve Air Quality And Save Lives

Recent surveys show that most people don’t understand the importance of clean indoor air. Humans spend most of their time indoors, and if you’re like most people, most of the time you spend indoors is in your own home.

It only makes sense to want to keep the air inside of your home clean but how can we do it? Well, there are several options. A lot of people use a combination of air purifiers and ionizers, and while these products certainly work well, there are other ways to improve indoor air quality.

Improve Indoor Air Quality Naturally

houseplants

We love houseplants

Hopefully, you see them every day. There is a good chance that some of them are currently living outside of your home. No, we’re not talking about mosquitos or potato bugs, although they might also live outside of your home. We’re talking about plants.

They’re green; they’re beautiful, but they’re also great for improving the quality of the air inside of your home. During the 80s, NASA hired many contractors to study houseplants and how they affect air quality. NASA wanted to find out if houseplants had the capacity to purify the air inside of space stations. The findings of these studies were nothing short of amazing.

Contractors discovered that a variety of ordinary houseplants are capable of filtering out VOCs, also called volatile organic compounds. Although these houseplants work extremely well for filtering the air inside space stations, they can also be used to filter the air inside of your home.

Did you know that the air inside of a typical home can be as much as 100x more polluted than outdoor air. Let’s dive right into it and see what houseplants can purify the air inside of your home.

Aloe Vera

aloe vera houseplant

This is what an aloe vera houseplant looks like

The Aloe plant does much more than produce that greenish slimy stuff that you use on burns. Aloe plants are easy to grow and help to clear benzene and formaldehyde, which are common byproducts of household cleaners.

This plant is perfect for a sunny window in your home because it loves sunlight! Aside from helping to purify the air inside of your home, the gel inside of Aloe plants can be used to soothe burns.

 

 

 

Spider Plants

spider plant

This is a spider plant

A lot of people are scared of spiders, but fortunately, there is no reason to be scared of spider plants! The scientific name of this plant is Chlorophytum comosum.

The spider plant is quite resilient, and even if you’re the type of person who frequently forgets to water plants, you’ll have a hard time killing this one off. Spider plants have small white flowers and rich foliage and can fight xylene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene.

Whether you believe it or not, it’s likely that right now your home contains a multitude of harmful pollutants, like xylene and carbon monoxide. Start fighting back with some spider plants.

 

Gerber Daisy

gerber daisy

Here is the stunning gerber daisy

No, despite the name, this plant has nothing to do with baby food. Also known as the Gerbera jamesonii, the Gerber daisy plant is a bright, flowering plant, and research suggests it’s capable of eliminating trichloroethylene from your home.

For your information, this is a chemical that people frequently and accidently bring home with them after having their clothes dry cleaned. The Gerber Daisy can also get rid of benzene. It’s best to put this type of plant in your bedroom or laundry room but understand it needs quite a bit of sunlight.

 

 

 

Snake Plant

snake plant

A snake plant

Also known as Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’, the Snake Plant can elmiminate formaldehyde from your home. Since this chemical is commonly found in many cleaning agents, there is probably an abundance of it in your home right now.

By adding a few snake plants, you will be well on your way to breathing cleaner, fresher indoor air. Most people never think about the quality of the air inside of their home, and they pay a steep price for ignoring such a serious problem.

Although there are many more, these are some of the most popular houseplants that are very effective for improving indoor air quality. Want to know another benefit of buying and placing these plants around your home? They’re cheap!