For all the advantages that the concrete jungle provides us, urban residents, it miserably fails in one thing – safeguarding the environment. From the constant rise in pollution which makes it difficult for us to breathe clean air even in our homes to the toxic gases and fumes generated from the furniture and machines installed in our homes, the quality of air has degraded significantly, leading to more instances of breathing problems among people.
While we may not be able to bring a change in the pollution levels outside our home, we can surely make the air in our homes more breathable by decking up our homes with these 5 air-cleansing plants.
This ornamental plant is considered to be the harbinger of wealth and prosperity in the home according to the Chinese system of Feng Shui. While this can be debated by people, what we can assure you is the wandering vines of the money plant can easily absorb Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are most commonly released by fresh paint, carpets and painted furniture and can have compounding long-term health effects.
Plant care: You can propagate a money plant from its cuttings. It requires regular watering but in winters you must be careful not to over-water the plant. If the soil on the top is still wet then avoid watering the plant.
You may also find it on Amazon as bamboo palm or butterfly palm. This plant is particularly good in removing toxic formaldehydes, benzene and carbon monoxide.
Formaldehydes are released from the furniture which uses manufactured wood whereas benzene is found in paints, detergents, adhesives, dyes and furniture wax. Carbon monoxide is produced by our gas stoves when we are cooking. By effectively removing these commonly produced toxic from our homes, areca palm reduces air toxicity.
Plant Care: They are low-maintenance plants which require regular watering. Allow the soil to dry before you water it again. The plant has a ten-year life-span when it is properly nurtured. Place it in your house where it could receive sunlight. Too much direct sun will lead to the yellowing of the leaves. Indirect sunlight is enough but the rate of growth will be slow.
When NASA conducted a study on plants that can clean indoor air, then the Peace Lily ranked as one of its top plants. It is a beautiful indoor plant with a plume of deep green leaves and white flowers. The plant does well indoors with little or no care. It absorbs most of the indoor air pollutants released from consumer electronics, furniture, and cleaning products.
Plant care: It requires well-drained potting soil. When the Peace Lily starts growing too big for the pot, you can split it to smaller pots. It likes moist soil but overwatering it will cause rotting of the roots. Generally, you must water it every three to four days.
The rubber plant converts contaminants of the air into nutrients for itself. It reduces bacteria and mold spores that naturally float in the air looking for a place to attach themselves and grow. The broad leaves of the rubber plant produce more oxygen and absorb toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene Household cleaners, furniture polish and cleaners. and automobile body polishers contain trichloroethylene.
Plant Care: Overwatering can kill the rubber plant causing the leaves to turn yellow, grow limp and eventually fall. Use a well-drained soil or make sure that the soil is dry before you water it the next time. While it can grow in low light, the plant will appreciate being kept out in the sun once every week.
You can find it on Amazon as snake plant or as mother-in-law’s tongue. Its scientific name, Sansevieria Trifasciata, may also be used by some sellers. The resemblance of the patterns on the leaves to those on a snake’s skin gives it the name snake plant. The long tongue-shaped leaves are also a top ranker in NASA’s list of air-purifying plants. The plant has the ability to remove nearly 107 indoor air pollutants.
Plant Care: This is a tough plant that easily goes without water for nearly a week. It can grow even in low light and is not partial to any particular climate.
Green homes look livelier and the natural green of plants is soothing for the eyes as well. The bonus effect that these plants have in the air by cleaning it of unwanted toxins makes them a keeper. Tell us about the plants that you love to keep in your home.
Safety note: Keep the plants out of reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion. Some parts or variants of these plants might be toxic or potentially-upsetting if chewed.