If you were searching for a natural and safe way to purify the air inside your home, you’ve come to the right place.
These household plants are all NASA scientist-approved for helping clear airborne toxins.
The Invisible Household Threat
There are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking in your home. But one in particular is responsible for a lot of damage – formaldehyde.
At first you may have the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Scratchy eyes
But scientists warn that long exposures can:
- Trigger asthma attacks.
- Even lead to cancer.
And there’s more…
Not only is formaldehyde one of the most prevalent and dangerous chemical in your home, but it’s also one of the toughest to get rid of.
Unfortunately, formaldehyde is emitted in low levels by a variety of household building products and furniture like:
- A common component of glues that hold pressed-wood or particleboard furniture and cabinets together.
- Natural gas stoves
- Carpet glues
- Flooring glues
- Furniture finishes
- The water and stain-repellent finishes applied to upholstery and clothing.
Although government regulations have reduced the amount of formaldehyde used in insulation and particleboard furniture, the sheer number of potential formaldehyde emitters found in the average home makes the chemical difficult to avoid.
The good news: you have a cheap, easy, green tool at your disposal to help get rid of it.
Add these household plants that NASA scientists have discovered help remove formaldehyde and purify the air inside your home for a safer, cleaner atmosphere.
Must Have Plants That Purify Indoor Air
It’s on the top of the list because it removes more formaldehyde than any other plant.
Boston Fern is also highly efficient at removing other indoor air pollutants, such as benzene and xylene—components of gasoline exhaust that can migrate indoors if you have an attached garage.
The downside to these plants is that they can be finicky.
You need to feed them weekly in seasons when they’re growing, monthly during the winter, and they like to be watered regularly.
They are particularly good at removing indoor air pollutants, specifically formaldehyde, and they’re relatively easy to care for.
The best at formaldehyde removal is the Dwarf Date Palm, which is closest in appearance to the palm trees that remind you of warmer climates. But you’ll also get clean air with a Bamboo Palm, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, or Parlor Palm.
Palm trees like cooler temperatures, preferably in the 60 to 75°F range.
Rubber Plants and Janet Craigs
If you’ve got a dim office that’s just screaming for cleaner air and a little touch of nature, try a rubber plant or Janet Craig.
Both will tolerate very little sun (although they may grow more slowly) and are at the top of the list for formaldehyde removers.
This is particularly important in offices where most furniture is made from particleboard held together by formaldehyde-based glues.
Janet Craigs will tolerate more abuse and neglect than rubber trees. But the latter is a little more aesthetically pleasing.
Grown outdoors, English Ivy is an invasive species that can damage your home’s exterior and tear off your gutters. But bring it inside and it becomes an effective formaldehyde remover.
Thanks to its ability to climb structures, it’s easy to grow as topiary and use as a decorative element in your living spaces.
English Ivy likes part sun and part shade, so it’s a good plant to try indoors and isn’t as temperamental as Boston Ferns.
Occasional watering and misting during the winter months will keep it healthy.
One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes will really bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter.
Also, besides removing formaldehyde, it also eliminates benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products. Thus, making it another good home plant if you don’t use green cleaners.
It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air.
Related: Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children.
Do you have these plants in your home?