You cannot see them, but your home is full of health hazardous pollutants. They can be found in paints, household insulation, tobacco, plastic, rubber and detergents. Pollutants can cause headaches, dizziness, and anemia. They can also irritate the skin and eyes. The best and the easiest way to get rid of the pollutants is to purchase some air purifying houseplants. Plants provide a natural way to clean indoor air. All plants remove carbon dioxide form the air and release oxygen, but some plants are more effective at removing pollutants.
Here is a list of flowering plants to consider for your home:
- Colourful flowers brightens your home and effectively cleans the air
- Effectively removes formaldehyde
- Requires bright light to flower
- Keep soil slightly moist
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Colourful flowers filter out benzene, which is found in paints, plastics and detergent
- Requires direct sunlight for flowers to bloom
- Needs moist soil
- Requires fertilizer every two weeks, if in bud
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Flowering plant removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichlorethylene
- only needs water once a week
- prefers a shady location
- Removes formaldehyde, which is found in plywood and foam insulation
- Prefers a cool growing environment
- Consider placing this flowering shrub in a bright spot in your basement
A variety of houseplants is recommended for improving the air quality. Experts suggest growing one 6-inch plant for every 100 square feet of space. Not only do plants add life to your home, it might even extend your life! So f you haven’t done so already, go purchase some air purifying plants. Your lungs will thank you!
Some of these plants are available to purchase at Grower Direct.