While we close up our homes to prepare for the cold winter months, we lock out fresh air, trapping in stale, polluted air. Rather than installing an expensive, and sometimes ineffective, air purifying system, simply place a few plants throughout your home.
Plants produce oxygen, which is essential for humans and animals to survive. They also act as filters in neutralizing indoor air pollutants. The most common pollutant in homes is formaldehyde, used as an adhesive in particle and pressed wood and spray insulation. When high concentrations are inhaled, it can irritate the eyes and throat, and in extreme cases, cause cancer. Other common pollutants include, bacteria, fungi, pollen, dust and mold.
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Plants can significantly reduce pollutants throughout the home as well as provide a general sense of well-being. Just be cautious when watering your plants; don’t let them stand in a pool of water for an extended amount of time and make sure the soil is dampened, not water-logged. This will reduce the chance of mold and fungi forming on your plants and furniture.
Aloe Vera: Good for eliminating most indoor toxins, as well as healing minor cuts and burns on the skin.
English Ivy: Good for eliminating toxins from petroleum-based products.
Fig Trees: Good for eliminating formaldehyde.
Chrysanthemum: Good for eliminating toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
Spider Plants: Exceptional for eliminating formaldehyde.
Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm and Lilies: Good for eliminating many toxic materials.