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A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Home: 9 Plants to Boost Indoor Air Quality


In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to overlook the quality of the air we breathe, especially within the confines of our homes and offices. Yet, with each inhale and exhale, we invite a myriad of pollutants into our respiratory systems. Considering that we take around 12-20 breaths per minute at rest, it's vital to ensure that the air in our homes and offices is as clean and healthy. Toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia can be found in everyday items and decrease the quality of air we breathe.


Common Environmental Pollutants:


Formaldehyde:

·         Physical Risks: irritation to throat, mouth and nose, may cause swelling of larynx and lungs

·         can be found in tissues, napkins, paper bags, synthetic fabrics


Benzene:

·         Physical Risks: irritates eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, heart rate changes.

·         can be found in plastics, tobacco smoke, glue, paint, wax, dyes and detergents


Trichloroethylene:

·         Physical Risks: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, drowsiness

·         can be found in pain varnish, paint stripper, glue and inks


Xylene:

·         Physical Risks: irritation to eyes, nose, skin and throat. Headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of muscle coordination.

·         can be found in rubber, leather, printing and exhausts


Ammonia:

·         Physical Risks: coughing, sore throat, irritation around your eyes.

·         can be found in floor waxes and cleaners.


Enter the green guardians: houseplants. In 1989, NASA pioneered a groundbreaking study dubbed the "clean air study," revealing the remarkable capacity of plants to purify indoor air. They recommend to place one air-purifying plant for every 100 square feet of space to significantly enhance air quality. For the average 1800 square foot home, this translates to 15-18 houseplants, each diligently filtering out harmful pollutants. If the plants are lager, fewer plants may be needed to have an effect.


9 plants to improve air quality and create a lush oasis in your home or office:


1. Peace Lily: A versatile powerhouse, the Peace Lily reigns supreme in filtering formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia.

 

2. Hardy Garden Mum: With a robust filtration system, the Hardy Garden Mum effectively neutralizes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia.

 

3. Bamboo Palm: Embracing elegance and efficacy, the Bamboo Palm targets formaldehyde and xylene with finesse, lending a touch of tropical charm to any space.

 

4. Snake Plant: Donning striking foliage, the Snake Plant tackles formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene, showcasing resilience and reliability.

 

5. Devil's Ivy: With cascading tendrils and air-purifying prowess, Devil's Ivy combats benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene, adding a verdant touch to interiors.

 

6. Boston Fern: A pet-friendly ally, the Boston Fern not only charms with its lush fronds but also eliminates formaldehyde and xylene, ensuring a safe and serene environment.

 

7. Aloe Vera: Revered for its healing skin properties, Aloe Vera doubles as an air purifier, targeting benzene and formaldehyde with effortless grace.

 

8. Red-Edged Dracaena: Standing tall and majestic, the Red-Edged Dracaena vanquishes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene, exuding an aura of sophistication.

 

9. Chinese Evergreen: Adorning spaces with its vibrant foliage, the Chinese Evergreen tackles benzene and formaldehyde, infusing interiors with natural charm.

 

By incorporating these air-purifying plants into your living and working spaces, you not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also promote a healthier environment for yourself and your loved ones. With each breath, let nature's air purifiers work their magic, ensuring cleaner, fresher air for a happier and healthier you.



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