Outdoor air pollution is one of the major reasons why the green community is pushing for the advancement of clean energy technology. As fossil fuels become less available, given the fact they are a non-renewable resource (or at least takes way too long to renew), green sources of energy will be sought out, especially energy from the air and sun. But what about indoor air pollution? Believe it or not, the quality of indoor air can be far worse than what is outside. As a matter of fact, the Inquisitr previously reported on the possibility of the government stepping in to mandate an indoor air change.
Though the aforementioned may not have passed due to possibly being a violation of a person’s rights, it is still evident that most indoor air environments are worse than air outside. Thankfully, there are nine common houseplants that do a phenomenal job cleaning indoor air. The best part about said plants: they are basically impossible to kill.
Before diving into what nine impossible-to-kill houseplants will clean out indoor air, it is best to know why it needs to be cleaned out in the first place. Most people have some knowledge of what makes outside air polluted such as carbon emissions. The thing about indoor air is its pollutants are worse and there is a lot more of it due to poor circulation. According to an article by the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the pollutants of air indoors may be two-to-five times higher than outdoor pollutant levels. At times, the level can even reach 100 times higher. Because of this, it is ranked as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. What’s worse, problems may develop subtly without any easily-recognizable or immediate impacts on health.
Many of the indoor air pollutants people may be inhaling are mostly from combustion sources including oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products. Sources may include building materials and furniture, asbestos-filled insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or the like made of certain pressed wood products. Household cleaning and maintenance products also contribute to indoor air pollution. Even outdoor air pollution sources such as radon and pesticides may creep in to assist its indoor counterpart.
Thankfully, Simple Organic Life was able to compile a list of indoor houseplants that can help solve these air quality issues. Even for those who lack any green in their thumb (unskilled in taking care of plants), these houseplants are, as mentioned before, basically impossible to kill. Check out the gallery of them below and start cleaning your indoor air today.
Indoor Air Far More Polluted Than Outdoor Air? Here Are Nine Almost-Impossible-To-Kill Plants That’ll Clean Your Home’s Air
Aloe vera is a multi-purpose plant. It has health benefits when consumed in small amounts, helps relieve burns, and cleans indoor air. Known to remove formaldehyde effectively from the air.
Best for places in cool locations with high humidity and indirect sunlight. Bathrooms are a perfect spot for these plants. Removes xylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.
Incredibly easy to grow and multiply, spider plants are the favored indoor plants for those who don’t have a green thumb. They also do a great job cleaning the air too.
Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law Tongue
Usually seen in restaurants and offices, snake plants or mother-in-law’s tongue prefer drier conditions and need minimal water. They don’t need much direct sunlight either. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from indoor air.
One of the best plants to keep indoors because they prefer shady spots and dry soil. They remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
NASA stands by the air purification abilities of garden mums. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air but also remove ammonia. It also helps that they’re inexpensive.
Depending in what pot they are grown in, ficus plants can grow large too. They remove benzene, trichlorethylene, and formaldehyde from indoor air.
With forty varieties, there is a wide choice for those who want to use draceneas for indoor flora decoration. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. Caution to pet owners, they’re toxic to cats and dogs.
The most effective plant in filtering formaldehyde, bamboo palms thrive in full sun and bright light. They grow as tall as 12′ too, making them an incredible presence indoors. They also remove benzene and trichloroethylene.
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