As most of us know, trees and plants provide us with oxygen to live and to breathe in our beautiful world. Using photosynthesis, they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. We need the help of trees to survive, but did you know there are many plants that can also help purify the air in our households?
These easy to care for, indoor household plants are always good for your home and office. However, with the recent COVID-19 coronavirus creating a lot of anxiety and fear surrounding the quality of the air we breathe, there is no better time than now to get these helpful air-purifying plants for your space.
Which Plants Purify Air?
Snake plants, Spider plants, English Ivy, Barberton Daisy, Aloe Vera, Chrysanthemum, Dragon Tree, Broad Lady Palm, Boston Fern, Chinese Evergreen, Golden Pothos and Weeping Fig. This is a short list of the best air purifying plants. Although, there are innumerable varieties of air purifying indoor plants.
How Do They Purify the Air?
Similar to the way trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, these plants purify the air of toxins.
Which Toxins Do They Remove?
A NASA study found that many of these plants can remove toxins in the air such as “cancer-causing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene.” This isn’t limited to just cancer-causing compounds either. They could possibly remove infectious viruses and disease-causing pollutants from the air.
How Many Plants Do I Need?
It is recommended to have 2 or more medium to large-sized air purifying plants per 100 square foot of your home for best results.
Care and Maintenance of Air-Purifying Plants
The care and maintenance of each plant varies by plant. However, most of the air-purifying plants we’ve listed above, if not all, can be cared for indoors as long as they receive sunlight and water regularly. Do your research on care and maintenance for the specific air-purifying plant you choose.
Not only will air purifying plants give your home and office a natural look, they will be silently working to ensure the air you breathe is free of toxins and pollutants too!