NASA studied house plants to find means to maintain pure air on space stations. These plants absorb harmful chemicals and other substances from the air, thereby making it healthier to breathe. Chemicals like benzene, trichloroethylene, ammonia are released by products used for household purposes. These vapors can effect us and can cause various diseases. But no need to worry as NASA has made it easier for us by suggesting some plants that can be planted indoors to improve the air quality and make it healthier. These plants will not only be air purifying but are also decorative and will improve the aesthetic appeal of your home. They can be planted in pots or hanging baskets in your rooms, bathrooms or kitchen. They can even be used in offices as they absorb the harmful chemicals released by office furniture ans stationery products.
Given Below Are 5 Plants That Are Easily Available, Require Minimal Maintenance And Look Good As Well. They Are Perfect For Planting Indoors:
Bamboo palm can survive in areas with indirect light and is easy to grow. It was found to be a great humidifier as it releases abundant moisture into the air. It is small in size and can fit in smaller areas as well. Maintenance is easier as it is resistant to infestation. It filters benzene and trichloroethylene.
Peace lily is a very pretty plant with beautiful white flowers. It can absorb vapors of alcohol, trichloroethylene, acetone and absorbs mildew if used in the bathroom. It purifies the air and improve its quality. Due to its high toxicity keep out of reach of children.
Spider plants is good in absorbing allergens from air, thus reducing he chance of getting allergies. It, very effectively and quickly purifies the air indoors. This easy and rapidly growing plant should be kept indoors in natural light. It absorbs carbon monoxide.
English Ivy can be grown in varied conditions and requires minimal maintenance. It absorbs traces of benzene. It should be planted if you have smokers in the house as it absorbs carcinogens and purifies air. Perfect for homes with pets as it absorbs fecal matter present in the air.
Dracaena has long leaves that are striped and can grow easily indoors with a small amount of sunlight and little watering. It grows very tall, so keep it within limits by pruning. It absorbs trichloroethylene from the air.
If you have children or pets do consult a doctor ( or vet ) before using these plants as some of them are toxic and can make them sick.