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Green and fresh: Clean the air in your home with houseplants

No balcony in your apartment? This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy greeneries every day… Why not grow some beautiful plants inside your home? They’ll brighten the space, and create a more relaxing, restful atmosphere in any room.

Last but not least, some plants can also play an important role in purifying the indoor air.

Back in 2009, ScienceDaily.com reminded us that, with people in industrialized countries spending as much of 80% to 90% of their time indoors, indoor air pollution is considered as one of the world's greatest public health risks. It also highlighted the work of a research team from the Pennsylvania State University, who studied the effects of three common houseplants on indoor ozone levels. The data revealed that ozone depletion rates were higher in the chambers that contained plants than in the control chambers without plants. The scientists had chosen Snake Plant, Spider Plant, and Golden Pothos for the experiment, because of their popularity (primarily due to their low cost, low maintenance, and rich foliage) and their reported ability to reduce other indoor air pollutants.

Let’s have a look at these three plants, and at a few other greeneries that can improve the air quality inside your home.

Spider Plants

Spider plants make beautiful hanging plants. They’re very easy to grow, but they grow best in bright, indirect sunlight. They prefer dry soil and appreciate average home temperature. 

 

Snake plant

This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants. 
 

Golden Pothos

The NASA uses this plant for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air inside spaceships. In your home, Pothos can absorb formaldehyde from materials like carpet, for example.

Add it to your living room as a hanging plant and let its leaves grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures, with low levels of sunlight.

Be careful: Pothos is poisonous. Keep it away from pets and children.

English ivy

A study found that English ivy reduces airborne fecal-matter particles… This is good news considering the waste crisis in our country. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products. It grows best with moist soil and four or more hours of direct sunlight each day.

Aloe Vera

You probably already know that Aloe Vera is used to heal sunburns, burns, abrasions and other skin conditions. But did you know that this plant also helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more? It  was called "the plant of immortality" in early Egypt... Put it in a sunny corner of your house.