Indoor Gardening: Breathe Easy With Plants That Purify
There are many everyday environmental factors that alter the quality of the air in your home, including the presence of people or animals, a lack of fresh air, the use of certain cleaning solutions and aerosols, and off-gassing from harmful synthetic building materials.
For example, some of the contaminants that may be found in your home are:
Benzene – commonly found in inks, oils, paints, plastics and rubber
Trichloroethylene – commonly found lacquers, varnishes and adhesives.
Formaldehyde – commonly found in foam insulation and pressed-wood products.
One of the most rewarding ways to improve the air quality in your home is through indoor gardening. Houseplants, just like outdoor flora continually process the air around them through photosynthesis. That’s right! With this familiar process, plants are able to absorb some of the particulate matter from the air in the same way that they take in carbon dioxide when processing it into oxygen.
But don’t just take our word for it, NASA has been studying the air purifying effects of houseplants for over 20 years! Adding an indoor garden to your living space can help detoxify the air you breathe by removing volatile organic compounds like benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde.
On top of the health benefits that indoor gardens provide, houseplants hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners of all skill-levels. Typically requiring a smaller time commitment than outdoor gardens or landscapes, houseplants take-up much less physical space, offering an easy entry-point into the rewarding world of gardening.
Below, we have listed some examples of low-maintenance, low light and high light plants that do wonders to improve your indoor air quality:
If you can’t see any shadows, the area has Low Light.
Low light loving plants include: Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema), Dragon Tree Plants (Dracaenas) and Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum).
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) – Removes airborne impurities including: benzene and formaldehyde.
- Dragon Tree Plants (Dracaenas) – Remove airborne impurities including: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – Removes airborne impurities including: benzene and trichloroethylene.
If direct sunlight or shadows are present, the area has High Light.
High light loving plants include: Mother-in-laws Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii), Marginata (Dracaena marginata),
- Mother-in-laws Tongue (Sansevieria laurentii) – Removes airborne impurities including: trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
- Marginata (Dracaena marginata) – Removes airborne impurities including: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
- Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) – Removes airborne impurities including: formaldehyde and xylene.
One plant that can handle a wide variety of light conditions is English Ivy. Also known as Common Ivy, this popular plant can is easy to care for and train and removes mold particulates from the air.