Air pollution and dangerous levels of toxins in the air we breathe has become a regular news headline, particularly the air quality in major cities around the world. However, what you may not realise is that this low air quality can actually extend into our homes and offices. The trouble with indoors, is that we often think that we are hidden away from some of the pollutants that could affect the air outside, however, indoor air quality can be just as bad or even worse as outdoor air quality due lack of air movement and the toxic load in many households.
There are a number of ways that you can try and purify the air inside your home or office, however, if you are searching for a natural way, then you may want to think about plants.
In a study by NASA published in 1989 plants where found to play a major role in removal of organic chemicals from indoor air. Some plants are better than others at purifying air and to help you to make a decision on which is right for you, we have put together our favourite four:
Aloe Vera is an all-round pretty amazing plant. Not only is the gel inside the plant perfect for treating a number of skin issues, such as burns, abrasions and sunburn, but the plant itself is great for air clearing too. Aloe is known to be able to clear the air of benzene and formaldehyde (both of which can be in the air thanks to the chemical based cleaners that we use). Best of all, aloe is really easy to grow and enjoys being directly in the sunshine.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Elatum)
Not everyone has green fingers, and, if you are concerned that you are going to end up killing any plant that you try to grow, you are going to want to invest in the incredibly hardy and resilient spider plant. Spider plants look great, with rich foliage and plenty of tiny white flowers, not only this, but they are also entirely safe for pets in your home too. Best of all, a spider plant can filter formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, which makes it a good all-rounder.
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
Some people prefer the idea of having a flower rather than a plant in their indoor space. A great air-cleaning flower is the gerbera daisy, however this can be harder to grow than some other plants, so you need to be careful with it. The flower is bright and colourful, which is great for brightening up a space, not only this but it also will filter out benzene and trichloroethylene.
Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)
There are a number of dracaena plants out there that you choose from, however, for a pop of colour you might want to choose the red edges of this particular dracaena plant. Not only is it great for brightening up the space that you have, but you also will find that it removes xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene too.
As you can see, when it comes to indoor plants and finding the best match for your space, there are a few things to consider such as access to direct sunlight and amount of watering needed. However indoor plants tend to be quite hardy and definitely worth the investment as not only do they help purify the air, but they also look great too, bringing some colour and texture to your indoor space.