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Air Purifying Plants


Whether it’s driving through crazy traffic or bustling about in a congested metro station, at times like these, what most of us would wish for is some solace and fresh and clean air like we’d probably find in the comfort of our own living spaces.

Speaking of which, it’s intriguing to observe that the air indoors may not be as clean as one might think. There could be toxins degrading the quality of air in our homes without our knowledge.

The volatile chemicals from air fresheners and insect repellents, formaldehyde present in paints and varnishes, indoor allergens like mold and dust mites, benzene from the detergents and Off Gassing (emission of harmful chemicals when building materials degrade) are some factors contributing to indoor air pollution.

People with lung disorders may be sensitive to indoor pollutants, but in others the negative impact of indoor pollutants may show up after persistent exposure.

Keep it clean with green

The key is we need eco-friendly air purifiers to sort this out. An ideal option would be to do adopt house plants to keep the pollutants at bay.

1) Aloe Vera:

It helps clearing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. If you are looking for easy maintenance, this plant makes an ideal candidate. They do best in dry conditions, which means they need bright light and slightly moist soil. Apart from the air purification abilities, the slimy gel like substance present inside the aloe vera leaf can be used to heal skin rashes, burns and cuts.

2) Peace Lily:

This thing of beauty possesses some amazing air purifying abilities. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, it can get rid of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and ammonia. It also removes mold from the air. Care needs to be taken before placing this plant at home especially if you have dogs or cats since it can be toxic to pets.

3) Areca Palm:

This one’s an excellent air humidifier. You could rely on this to keep the air in your office or home moist especially when the weather is dry. It’s a brilliant option to switch to Areca Palms during winters than using Electric Humidifiers. It does not pose any threat to pets too.

4) Bamboo Palm:

Here’s another easy-care one. This plant can thrive in shady indoors. Can reach a height of about 6 feet. It is quite effective in eliminating indoor air pollutants like benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

5) Snake Plant:

The snake plant is known for its healing properties for SBS (Sick building syndrome). SBS is a condition affecting office workers/building occupants marked by health issues like ear, nose and throat irritation; headaches; nausea; fatigue and respiratory problems, though no specific cause can be identified. However it is generally attributed to unhealthy factors such as poor indoor air quality. Considering it needs low light and humid conditions for its survival, it can also be placed in bathrooms. It filters out formaldehyde which is commonly found in personal care products.

6) Gerber Daisy:

Bothered by the unpleasant odour that comes with dry cleaning? This brightly coloured plant can eliminate the smell by filtering out trichloroethylene. They survive well in well-drained soil and need direct sunlight.