Wednesday, May 09, 2018 by Zoey Sky
When it comes to decor, go-to choices often include tasteful art pieces or some lovely houseplants that can add life to any room in your house. However, aside from beautifying your home, studies have shown that certain houseplants can help clear toxins in the air.
Polluted air can be found both indoors and outdoors, but there’s no reason why we can’t take measures to reduce the toxins in our own homes. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can contain more pollutants than outdoor air.
Polluted indoor air can cause the symptoms of a condition called “sick building syndrome,” and these include fogginess, a lack of concentration, and tiredness. The longer you’re indoors in an area with poor air quality, the higher your chances are of experiencing these symptoms.
If you have allergies or respiratory conditions like asthma, breathing in the polluted indoor air can also cause, coughing, dizziness, headaches, or wheezing. The ironic thing is, even the cleaning products we use also contribute to indoor air pollution due to the many harmful chemicals that they contain. (Related: Another way to clean your air: Salt lamps purify the air and charge it with healthy negative ions.)
Plants help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air, and they release oxygen. Through this “breathing” process, plants also help filter various gases and compounds such as potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Based on research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), having at least one medium-sized houseplant per 100 square feet in your home can help eliminate VOCs. If you keep at least two to four houseplants for every 100 square feet, you can remove a whopping 87 percent of air toxins in about 24 hours.
By taking good care of these houseplants, you can also boost their toxin-clearing properties.
Below are five indoor plants that can help you clear toxins from your home:
You can read more articles about plants that can keep the air in your home clean at GreenLivingNews.com.