Houseplants that Remove Toxins

Many of us love houseplants in our house, why not choose houseplants that remove toxins, to serve a dual purpose and make the air more healthy to breathe in?

Allergies, headaches and fatigue are just a few symptoms that can result from toxins in our air. Toxins range from formaldehyde from our furniture, benzene and trichloroethylene from solvents or cleaning agents, disinfectants such as phenols, and pesticides. Thankfully, awareness of these toxins is becoming more prevalent and consumers are choosing to purchase greener products. In the meantime, a quick fix can be to add some more beautiful green plants to your space!

NASA conducted a clean air study to identify the top plants to detox your home air. The study suggested that air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of space.  Something to note- as I am a science nerd and like to know the research- the study was conducted under sealed lab conditions, which is obviously not our typical home environment!

All this to say, the results can likely be translated to our homes or offices, but the study did not investigate multiple open air environments. However, given these plants were powerhouses in getting VOCs (volatile organic compounds) out of the air in a lab setting, you may want to consider buying these species next time you’re out shopping for plants!

  1. Areca Palm- Extremely effective at removing toxins from indoor air, it also emits large amounts of water vapor.
  2. The Bamboo Palm is another plant that scored very high in its ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. This plant also effectively removed benzene—an ingredient used to make dyes, lubricants, rubbers, and detergents—and trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent.
  3. The Rubber Plant is effective at removing formaldehyde from indoor air.
  4. Dracena, rated as one of the best plants for removing trichloroethylene from the air, it is also one of the easiest houseplants to grow.
  5. The Dwarf Date Palm scores high for its ability to remove airborne chemicals, this guy is especially effective at ridding the air of xylene, a solvent ingredient.

Ref:

nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi_ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

http://www.wolvertonenvironmental.com/plantairpurifier.html

 

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