Placing the right house plants strategically throughout your home can make the air more fit to breathe. Plants take in what we need to get rid of, and they give out what we need to live. Some plants do a better job for us than others. Why not have a house full of them?
A benchmark piece of research was done by National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers under the leadership of Dr. Bill Wolverton. The NASA study found that some plants can eliminate up to 87 percent of indoor air pollution in a day.
Here's a small sampling of our friends the air-purifying houseplants:
1) Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)
The azalea eliminates adhesive binders for cigarette smoke, floor coverings, fire retardants and foam insulation. It does well at 60-65 degrees so it's also good for air refinement in basements.
2) Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
The bamboo palm is also called reed palm. It filters three of most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. It also removes toxins associated with adhesive binders for floor coverings, cigarette smoke and fire retardants. The bamboo palm does well in shade.
3) Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
The chrysanthemum eliminates benzene found in detergent, glue, paint and plastics. It also cleans pollutants derived from dye, gasoline, inks, oils, rubber, synthetic fibers and tobacco smoke from the air. The chrynsanthemum does well in direct sunlight.
4) Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)
Janet Craig removes benzene, formaldehyde, gasoline and inks from the air. It eliminates toxins associated with plastics, rubber, synthetic fibers. It grows well in low light, and needs little water.
5) Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
Red-edged dracaena filters out formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene which come from gasoline, lacquers and varnishes. It also eliminates toxins associated with benzene, detergents and pharmaceuticals.
6) English Ivy (Hedera helix)