The levels of air pollution, in recent years, have gotten out of hand, especially in metropolitan cities. We are constantly exposed to it in some form or another, even inside our homes. In fact, since we spend a majority of our time indoors, air pollution poses a real threat to our health because there is less space for the toxins to dissipate. While the realisation that poisonous toxins are hanging out in your living room is worrying, there exists a simple solution. Plants- the miracle of nature! Here’s a list of 5 plants that will filter the air inside your home:
- Money plant
Being the bread-and-butter of household plants, almost all of us can check this one off our list. Studies conducted by NASA show that a money plant helps filter compounds like formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide, which are volatile chemicals that don’t break down.
2. Peace Lily
Also known as the Cobra plant, peace lilies are an easy and undemanding plant to look after.
Along with brightening up the dark spots in your home, they are also excellent at filtering out toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
3. Snake Plant
This is a perfect plant to keep in the bedroom because of its relatively small size and its ability to continuously give out oxygen, even at night. It effectively removes formaldehyde, xylene and benzene from your environment and adds a pop of colour and freshness to your space.
4. English Ivy
A fast grower and relatively easy to maintain, English Ivy is a highly multifunctional plant. A study found that English ivy was the best at filtering out airborne fecal-matter particles, which are known to trigger asthma attacks. It also filters out formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.
5. Chinese Evergreen
Known as ‘the easiest houseplant’ because of its ability to thrive in low-light and grow in places where other plants won’t grow. It also helps filter out a variety of toxins and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues.