What if we told you that your house is full of mildly dangerous gases like ammonia, carbon monoxide, and benzene?
No, we aren’t joking. It isn’t any wonder that the home becomes an abode of germs and bacteria, thanks to pollution and to the various chemicals we use in the house every day. There’s ammonia emanating from the toilet, carbon monoxide from the gas stove, benzene from the detergents, and formaldehyde from the garbage.
The result? Allergies, itching, rashes, frequent cold and cough, and irritation in the eyes. Combined with pollution that comes in through doors and windows; these gases and chemicals become harmful to your health.
These days, there are lots of options available to clean the air in your house, from humidifiers to air purifiers. But did you know that you can breathe fresh air by just adopting house plants?
If you live in Indian cities that are mostly polluted, these air purifying plants can give you clean air at least in your homes.
- Aloe Vera
One of the most common indoor plants, aloe vera is very easy to grow, and takes very little effort to maintain. Just mild sunshine and moist soil are enough for this plant to thrive. Not only does it clear formaldehyde and benzene, but it’s also an excellent natural remedy for many hair and skin problems. By keeping an aloe vera plant at home, you get clean air, besides being able to use the plant extract on your skin and hair.
- Areca palm
If you’re looking for a plant that will decorate as well as purify, choose areca palm. They grow to a height of 3 to 5 feet, need little watering, and sunlight through a window is usually enough. Since these plants are big, you can keep them in a corner of any room, and watch the space immediately come alive. They not only clear gases like xylene and toluene from the air, but also act as a natural humidifier.
- Spider plant
Scientifically known as Chlorophytum Comosum, spider plant is high in nutrients, and helps keep air clean and fresh by removing chemicals. Its best quality is the ability to absorb carbon monoxide. The plant also has a lot of antioxidants, and research has shown that sickness rates fall by more than 50 per cent where this plant is kept. Just water it well in summer and it’s good to go.
- Bamboo palm
This indoor plant is also known as reed palm, and grows well in shady places. It also produces small flowers and berries, and adds to the beauty of your interiors. Bamboo palm is best known for its air purifying qualities, and is particularly known to filter benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also be placed in areas that give out formaldehyde like kitchens, bathrooms, and around furniture.
- Peace Lily
Keeping flowers at home brightens up any space. Peace Lily is one plant that can make any space look beautiful with its white flowers. It is also known to be one of the best plants to purify air for breathing. Peace lily is especially helpful in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. The flowers also look slightly different than usual – the upper part is somewhat like the hood of a snake. Overall, this is a great indoor plant for air purification.
- English Ivy
If you have the problem of moulds in your house, then English Ivy is the remedy. This evergreen climbing vine has the ability to reduce moulds in your house, and minimise chances of airborne diseases. However, there is one big disadvantage for this plant–its leaves and berries that can be poisonous for animals and humans. If proper care is taken, there is no reason why English Ivy cannot be kept as a natural air purifier.
- Chinese Evergreen
One of the easiest houseplants to have and maintain, Chinese evergreen is a tropical plant that thrives and blooms even in low light. It grows even where most other plants won’t grow. The plant filters out a lot of toxins and pollutants with more and more exposure to the air.
- Snake plant
Best for humid climates, snake plant is simple enough to maintain as it thrives even in low light and minimal water. Snake plant is so called because it resembles the shape and texture of the reptile, and is sometimes also called Mother-In-Law’s tongue because of its longish shape. It is most recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms because it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. This low-maintenance plant is inexpensive but greatly beneficial.
- Weeping fig
This can be a tricky plant to take care of, since it prefers bright but indirect light. But once that is managed, it is a really beneficial plant to have indoors. Weeping fig improves air quality by filtering out pollutants that come with furniture and upholstery. Weeping fig comes in different varieties with differing leaf colours. The all-green type, F. benjamina, is the most common variety, but there are other varieties as well, though they may only be available with few plant nurseries.
10. Warneck Dracaena
Commonly known as Warneckii, this plant has the potential to grow up to a height of 12 feet. This dracaena is striking with its striped leaves forming clusters, and can be used to beautify any living space. In addition, Warneckii is a natural air purifier, helping to filter out pollutants that come from varnishes and oils. Even with minimal water and sunlight, this plant grows well indoors, and provides several benefits.
While plants can never give instantaneous results like an air purifier, they slowly clean the air at home, and also beautify the place. Most importantly, they are inexpensive, and keeping plants at home never harmed anyone. Choose any of these indoor plants for a cleaner, greener lifestyle today.