Indoor air pollution is the degradation of indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials; it can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution. This is because contained areas enable potential pollutants to build up more than open spaces.
It won’t surprise us that majority of us now spending our time indoors during this pandemic situation. As such, it’s important to ensure that air quality is of a high standard, something that regular houseplants can help achieve. Some of the air filtering plants can be found below.
Easy to care for, effective at removing indoor air toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. Resistant to insect infestation. Water generously in spring and summer, keeping the soil moist, but do not let this palm sit in standing water. Keep it in any lighted area will allow this plant to flourish.
Devil’s Ivy is very apt at removing VOCs and toxins from the surrounding air. It removes pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from the air. It grows well in partial to full shade outdoors, but growth slows when it’s planted in deep shade and the foliage loses its variegation, turning mostly green. Also high drought-tolerant, sprinkle water when the top inch or two of soil feels dry.
Snake Plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. The care of snake plants is very easy. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between watering.
Peace lilies make excellent houseplants that break down and neutralizes toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. These plants have dark green leaves and white flowers. They enjoy medium to low light. They are far more tolerant of underwatering than overwatering.
Spider Plant can remove 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. One of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot.