Isn’t one of the best feelings having a clean home? You’ve just organized all the rooms, vacuumed, swept, mopped, and scrubbed it down top to bottom. Everyone loves a clean home. But sometimes as clean as your home is, it could still be full of toxic fumes, and not-so-fresh air.
Well I’ve just cleaned my entire home, what other toxic pollutants could there be? Did I miss a spot?
Unfortunately, there are toxic indoor pollutants inside of our homes that linger in the air. Those pollutants are formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, ammonia, and xylene. These toxins can be found in particle board and upholstered furniture, carpets, wall paints, carpet and fabric cleaners, liquid soaps, cigarette smoke, lacquer, plastic tableware, among other things. The most common of these pollutants being formaldehyde and benzene.
Fortunately, according to a study done by NASA, there are certain houseplants that specialize in filtering our indoor air and giving off the most CO2 aka oxygen!
Some common houseplants that have been known to absorb the most CO2 and filter out toxins in the air include philodendrons, ficus flastica (rubber plants), chrysanthemums, peace lily, and aloe vera.
Philodendrons and ficus elastica aka rubber plant purify the air by removing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is one of the most common toxins in our indoor air because it can be typically found in carpeting and furniture.
Flower plants, such as chrysanthemums, and peace lilies were rated the best at removing benzene pollutants from the air. Benzene can be found mostly in paints, glues, and wax. Not only are chrysanthemums and peace lilies beautiful flowers for your home, they also clean our indoor air!
For a good night’s rest, Aloe Vera is the perfect houseplant, as it does a fantastic job at emitting oxygen at night, while taking in carbon dioxide (naturally produced when breathing). This will lead to cleaner air quality all while getting a better night’s sleep.
Having clean air throughout your home is just as important as having a clean home. And what better natural way than with houseplants. They are beautiful home décor as well as cost-effective natural air purifiers.