Use Plants to Clear the Air!

Categories: Healthy Places, Workplace Wellness

Several years ago NASA conducted a study showing that houseplants have the ability to purify the air in indoor spaces. They found that certain plants were better at filtering the air and removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than others (chemicals can come from objects and materials such as carpets, glues, ovens, cleaning solutions and synthetic materials such as plastic, fiber, and rubber).

Here are the top six plants NASA recommends using in your home or office to help air quality. Use two to three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet.

  1. Aloe (Aloe Vera). Aloe plants are great at increasing oxygen levels in indoor spaces. They have also been found to absorb formaldehyde, car­bon dioxide, and carbon monoxide.
  1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum). This popular houseplant is very efficient in absorbing toxins in the air including formaldehyde, styrene, carbon monoxide and ben­zene. One spider plant per room (200 square feet) may be all you need.
  1. English Ivy (Hedera Helix). English ivy has been shown to reduce 60 percent of airborne mold and 58 percent of airborne feces after being placed in a room for only six hours.
  1. Peace Lily (Spathi­phyllum ‘Mauna Loa’). These lovely plants filter out benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
  1. Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Trifa­sciata‘Laurentii’). This easy-to-care-for plant helps in remove toxins from the air and requires little to no lighting.
  1. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica). Rubber plants are great at removing toxins, in particular formaldehyde. These plants require minimal lighting and are also easy to care for.

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