You probably heard that Amazon rainforest is called lungs of the world. It absorbs harmful substances (e.g. carbon dioxide), produces oxygen and makes our air cleaner. You can clean air by similar plants which are growing in your rooms. Plants are used to decorate rooms and environment, spread natural and pleasant odour. But there is one more ,not very well known, plant feature. Plants can absorb harmful chemicals and particles from your indoor air. Everyone of us may have own natural air purifier in your office or home, all you need is to plant correct plants.
Indoor air pollution
Indoor air is polluted by furniture (particle boards are full of formaldehyde), wall paints and floor finish. Most of building materials are full of chemicals hazardous to your health. Day by day you breathe in those particles and put your health at risk. If you repair or build your house it’s recommended to use only natural materials like natural wood furniture, natural wood floor and water-based wall paints. But if you already live and nothing could be changed, then you can minimize air pollution by planting flowers and other air purifying plants in your rooms.
Plants – natural air purifiers
In-house plants absorbs chemicals like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, benzene, heavy metals and chloroethylene. In addition to those positive absorption features, plants humidify air and collects dust particles. You must clean leaves from collected dust, to make sure that those dust particles won’t appear in the air again. You must take care of your plants, make sure that humidity level is suitable. Healthy and maintained plants absorbs more toxic particles. We don’t recommend to have lots of plants in your bedroom, because plants, as humans, in the night time uses oxygen. For your bedroom choice aloe, orchid, lavender or English Ivy (hedera helix), because those plants absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.To make air purifying effective, we recommend to put one plant per 107 sq. feet.
Also known as “Chlorophytum comosum“. It is undemanding. You can put it in the shade, but in direct sunlight plant leaves becomes bright green. Spider plant needs light watering. Better do it more frequently and in minor amounts. It also reduces bacteria in the air. The more pollution in the air, the more it grows.
Natural air purifier which is strong, must be placed in full sunlight. Watering should be abundant and regular. Hedera helix is poisonous to pets.
Likes to be placed on direct sunlight. Frequent watering is needed. It fits the best in the kitchen. Also perfect fit for bedroom, because it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. If you noticed brown spots on leaves, it means, that air is polluted a lot. It is poisonous to pets.
Also known as weeping fig. It required a bit more care then previous plants. It likes sunlight. For watering use rain or boiled water, because soil must be light acid. Juice of leaves is poisonous.
Don’t put it on sunlight, because plant can`t tolerate direct sunlight. It likes high humidity, so needs to be watered frequently.
Scientific name – Dracaena marginata. It can be grown in the places where lack of sun.If all conditions are perfect, then it can grow up to 2 meters or more.
purify air by absorbing formaldehyde, therefore it is poisonous and should be kept in safe place, away from pets and kids.
Plant likes shade, you need to avoid to put it into direct sunlight. Enough to water once a week. It helps to reduce mold, suitable for wet rooms. This natural air purifier has very beautiful white blossom.
Plant for bedroom or shower room with window, hence put it on sunny places. Gerbera releases oxygen during the night, so your sleep will be better.
Place it at shady places, don’t allow direct sunlight. No need to water frequently. Plant filtering air from toxic particles. Perfect place for this plant is near computer or TV due to capability absorb electromagnetic radiation (EMR).