Top Air purifying Plants For Your Homes and Work Places According to NASA

What Chemicals are found in air around us?

Trichloroethylene

Sources at home:
Printing inks, Paints, Varnishes, Adhesives,Lacquers, Paint removers etc.,

Formaldehyde

Sources at home:
Paper bags, facial tissues, Paper tissues, Table napkins, Particle boards, plywood, MDF, synthetic fabrics, Gas burning appliances like Gas Stove.

Benzene

Sources at home:
Found in Plastic, Resins, Synthetic fabrics, dyes, detergents, rubber lubricants, pesticides, tobacco , vehicle exhaust, furniture wax, paint etc.,

Xylene

Sources at home:
Found in printing, leather, rubber, paint industries etc.,

Ammonia

Sources at home:
Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts etc.,

With this basic idea lets move on to the most adoptable and natural way of removing this toxins around us. 

Spider plant

Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of building materials and numerous household products. At room temperature, formaldehyde vaporizes into the air, potentially causing serious health problems.The major soures of this chemical at home are particle boards, plywood, MDF,resins, carpets, gas burning appliances like gas stove.

A NASA test conducted showed that this plant could remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air.So it is a healthy approach to keep this plant in your home.

Peace lily

This is one of the most beautiful and easy to grow indoor plant. Peace lilies are known to improve air quality, removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surrounding air.
Also note that all parts of the peace lily plant contain calcium oxalate. So Keep peace lilies out of reach of small children and pets.


Snake plant (Mother in LAw's Tongue)

A series of experiments conducted by NASA concluded that this plant could remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides. Due to this property , not only at home, it is always beneficial to grow this plant in automotive plants and shops, aircraft plants, plywood, carpeting, paint makers and sellers, printing, and offices, where these chemicals abound in the products produced and used.15 to 18 medium-to-large sized snake plants are recommended for a 1800 square foot home.


Boston Fern

If you are looking for a hanging air purifying indoor plant, then Boston fern is your right choice. It is  very effective at removing formaldehyde and also adds humidity to the indoor environment.

Weeping Fig(Ficus)

Ficus tree or Weeping fig is effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Its a low maintainence plant that grows well both indoor and out doors. As per the reports it removed 47% formaldehyde, 30% benzene and 12% trichloroethylene from air. 
Please note that this plant is poisonous for pets like dogs and cats, so keep it away from them.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm is the best plant to keep in room for clean air to remove formaldehyde.The report says 14205 sq cm surface area of leaf removes 76707 micrograms of formaldehyde from air which is the highest purification of all the indoor plants. So You really need to find some good space for it to grow properly.

English Ivy

According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air. Additionally, other studies have indicated that English Ivy also helps reduce mold in your home.

This evergreen climbing vine is extremely popular in outdoor landscaping. But it is always better to grow them as indoor plants as they dont let other plants to grow when they outdoor. 

Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marignata )

They can be grown as table plants, but they are especially impressive as tall trees with multiple canes and hundreds of long, thin, green leaves trimmed in dark red. 
According  to the NASA report , a 7581 sq.cm leaf surface area of dracaena marginata is capable of removing 20469 micrograms of formaldehyde from air which shows the importance of it in your indoors.

Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)

Janet craig is native to tropical Africa,and are one of the most popular plants used in homes and offices.This is the best indoor plant you could ever find to remove formaldehyde from air.
As per the NASA reports  15275 sq cm of this plant removes 48880 micrograms of formaldehyde and around 77% of benzene from air.


Devil's Ivy (Golden Pothos)

This is the easiest , most carefree indoor plant you could ever ever grow. If you are a person who finds it to difficult to water a plant or give the the right amount of sunlight , or shade or is always occupied with works travelling abroad then this is the right choice for you. 
They are known as devil's ivy because of its resistance to death. Additionally it helps keep your room purified.

 Chinese Evergreen

It is again a easy to maintain plant which tolerate most conditions but thrive in well-drained soil, humid temps with medium to low light conditions.The report states its effective in removing toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from air.

Florist's Chrysanthamum( Pot mum)

Florist’s chrysanthemums, also known simply as mums, are common, inexpensive perennial houseplants. As one of the top-performing air-purifying plants, it removes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Set the potted mums indoors near a window that receives bright, indirect sunlight all day so that they bloom and make your home colorful.


If you are interested to view the NASA Report which states the indoor plant air purification method click here


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