In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied the various ways of purifying air on spacecraft. They discovered that certain houseplants work better than plenty of high-tech gadgets in keeping the air we breathe nice and fresh.
We put together a list of useful houseplants that help to remove dangerous and unpleasant substances floating around in the air in your house. Now you’ll be able to enjoy fresh air permanently!
1. For the kitchen
Azaleas are renowned not only for their tender beauty. Put one in your kitchen to help filter out formaldehyde and benzene from detergents and plywood furniture.
2. For your children’s bedrooms
Gerbera jamesonii (Barberton daisy) has the ability to remove benzene emanating from plastic products, synthetic fibers, rubber, ink, and other industrial materials you can find in your house.
3. For the living room
Ficus benjamina (Benjamin’s fig) neutralizes the vapors of formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, and ammonia. It is especially useful when put next to a printer, scanner or any other office equipment. Benjamin’s fig is also well-known for helping to humidify the air.
4. For the bedroom
People have used Aloe vera for more than 6,000 years. Ancient Egyptians praised it for its healing qualities and called it the ’plant of immortality’. Even today it’s considered an effective means of treating skin diseases, wounds and burns. Apart from its medical significance, however, this plant can also help to filter out formaldehyde and benzene from your home. Interestingly, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night — the opposite to what other plants do.
5. For the study
Cereus peruvianus (also called the Peruvian Apple Cactus) is better than any other plant in absorbing electromagnetic emissions coming from your computer.
6. For the cloakroom
Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) is very easy to care for: it can grow in dry soil or in a dimly lit and cold room. This plant combats evaporating emissions coming from human skin, painted surfaces, wallpaper, and printed products. Besides its wonderful air-cleaning characteristics, it is believed to be safe for pets.
7. For the hall
Solenostemon is a shade-loving plant, and it requires no fertilizing or replanting. Though it is native to tropical areas, Solenostemon endures drafts very well. It is renowned for its beautiful appearance and its ability to filter out dangerous pollutants.
8. For the corridor
Spathiphyllum (peace lily) is a gracious and shade-tolerant plant. It tops NASA’s list for its ability to remove all three of most wide-spread and volatile organic compounds: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. It also deals with toluene and xylene.
9. For your studio
Epipremnum aureum has lots of other names: golden pothos, hunter’s robe or even devil’s ivy. The latter illustrates the plant’s amazing viability: it can tolerate shade, low temperatures, and other unfavorable factors. More importantly, it can filter our carbon monoxide, toluene, and benzene.
10. For old houses
Pelargonium decontaminates and deodorizes the air, kills bacteria, and helps to keep moths away. Its essential oils not only provide a pleasant aroma, but also promote sleep and calm the nervous system.
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