Since the Industrial Revolution, air quality has never been the same again. We have become familiar with the terms smog, industrial pollutants, vehicular emissions, green-house effects, and poor air quality.
Yes, we have become familiar with it. But have we become immune to its effects, too? Definitely not!
Can we do something to minimize air pollution then? Of course, yes!
As thinking humans, we are capable of devising practical ways to reduce the stifling effects of air pollution. And not only us. Other living organisms, like plants, have the ability to purify the air that we breathe. These plants are nature’s gift to us. It might as well be important to know and nurture them at home.
The air-purifying plants
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata). This easy to grow indoor plant is believed to remove formaldehyde and xylene pollutants.
Aloe vera. This succulent plant species has many types with varied botanical or scientific names. Not only is it famous for its healing properties and benefits. Aloe vera is also efficient at removing formaldehyde.
Garden Mums or Chrysanthemums. A NASA research reveals that garden mums significantly reduce formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and ammonia from indoor air.
Bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It can reach up to 12 feet tall. Because of this characteristic, bamboo is champion at filtering formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Bamboos are pet-friendly too.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). This flowering perennial plant is native to the tropical and southern region of Africa. But it has also been naturalized in other parts of the world. Spider plants are easy to grow and great at removing formaldehyde and xylene pollutants.
Snake plant or the Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata). It’s due to its shape and the sharp margin of its leaves does this evergreen perennial plant got its name. The snake plant eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene.
Dracaena (Dracaena marginata). This plant has more than 40 different species. You can keep it at home or at your workplace. It is efficient at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene pollutants. However, if you have pets, don’t raise dracaena. This plant is toxic to dogs and cats.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). Also known as white sails or spathe flower, this herbaceous perennial is small compared with the other household plants. But, it’s never least in air-cleaning ability. Peace lilies are good at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Ficus (Ficus benjamina). This low-maintenance houseplant is serious about eradicating benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your home.
Raise any or all of these plants in and around your house to keep your family and loved ones free from some of the air pollutants.
However, in the event growing plants in or around the house is not possible for you, buy some air-purifying appliances instead. It matters to maintain a quality life as much as possible. You should not allow polluted air to stifle you.
Be sure to choose the energy-saving ones. I particularly recommend the Honeywell Premium Air Purifier because it’s efficient at capturing microscopic particles and allergens. It also helps reduce unpleasant odors and VOCs.