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Your house is dirty, and you might not even know it. Polluting your space are some of common chemicals include formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia, benzene and xylene. Formaldehyde is in abundance in common consumer products, being one of the most common household toxins known to cause cancer of the nasal cavity. Trichloroethylene, on the other hand, is an indoor air pollutant released by the ink in copy machines and is common in the office space. Then there’s ammonia, found in window cleaners and floor waxes, and benzene and xylene which are used to make detergents, foams and dyes. With all of these manmade toxins, you need to turn to nature for the next solution. Here are five superhero plants to place in a pot and grow, saving your home and you from harmful chemicals and toxins.
The lady palm is the best overall air purifier. Targeting ammonia, that major ingredient in cleaners, this plant purifies indoor air through their normal photosynthesis processes. Set the potted palm near a window and dust the leaves often, ensuring proper absorption and removal of the dirty air particles and toxins in your home.
Snake plants are best kept in the bedroom, where they can improve the air quality while you sleep. Whereas most plants consume oxygen at night, this one converts CO2 into oxygen when the sun goes down, filtering out carbon dioxide and ridding the air of formaldehyde and benzene.
Like many other vines, it tackles formaldehyde, but golden pothos also eliminates carbon monoxide and benzene. Consider placing one in your mudroom or entryway, where car exhaust fumes heavy in formaldehyde are most likely to sneak indoors from the garage.
This plant with dark green leaves with golden streaks will purge gases released by xylene and formaldehyde—and look pretty doing it. Many people hang them in their entryway to catch those car exhaust fumes that waft in from time to time. It grows best in cool temperatures, so another option is a cool bathroom or basement.
Peace lily plants are some of the easiest indoor plants to care for in your home. While they do away with the formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene in the air, they also reduce the level of mold spores that grow in the home. Many homeowners like to place them in bathrooms, where they work to keep shower curtains mildew-free.
What are some of your favorite plants for keeping the air clean? Let us know in the comment section.