The Environmental Protection Agency says chemicals from building materials, furniture and even air fresheners can make indoor air toxic, however, houseplants can help!
This plant removes toxins in your home including acetone, benzene, alcohols and ammonia. Not only does it clean the air, it flowers as well! Make sure to wash the leaves regularly to keep pests off. Water when the soil is dry to the touch.
Clears the air of chemicals, including ammonia and is highly resistant to insects. Cut any brown parts off leaves.
Helps get rid of formaldehyde and is very hardy. This plant tolerates cool temperature and low light but needs to be watered well.
NASA performed a study of plants and how they help remove chemicals in our air and the below were there findings:
TOP 10 plants most effective in removing:
Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Carbon Monoxide from the air
- Bamboo Palm - Chamaedorea Seifritzii
- Chinese Evergreen - Aglaonema Modestum
- English Ivy Hedera Helix
- Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Jamesonii
- Janet Craig - Dracaena "Janet Craig"
- Marginata - Dracaena Marginata
- Mass cane/Corn Plant - Dracaena Massangeana
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue Sansevieria Laurentii
- Pot Mum - Chrysantheium morifolium
- Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum
- Warneckii - Dracaena "Warneckii"
It is recommended that you place two 10" to 12" potted plants in every 100 square feet of living area to help purify the air around you and eradicate the toxins that we breathe in our homes.
A great book to read is "How to Grow Fresh Air" by B.C. Wolverton PhD