FIVE AIR-PURIFYING PLANTS FOR INDOORS
When it comes to interiors, a little bit of greenery goes a long way. Stylists far and wide have praised the beauty of indoor plants for their ability to add life, texture and colour to rooms, easily. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find they also boast an abundance of wellbeing properties, too, including amazing air-purifying benefits.
Following an extensive 10-year research in 1988 into the effects of plants in enclosed spaces, NASA determined that: ‘Both plant leaves and roots are utilised in removing trace levels of toxic vapours from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.’
So as we spend more time inside our homes, it’s important to take on the discoveries, and ensure the air we breathe is clean. And as plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, having them dotted about the place increases beneficial oxygen for us! So find your favourite in this list of air-purifying plants and get decorating. Be sure to always cross-check indoor plant additions with the RSPCA if you have pets.
Elegant and easy to care for, the Peace Lily is a flowering plant that reduces toxin levels in the air. In fact, it was at the top of NASA’s list for eradicating benzene (a common household chemical) from the air, and is said to remove mould spores in the air, making it a smart addition to bathrooms.
With its slithery appearance, the Snake Plant is more of a nocturnal purifier. It releases oxygen during the night rather than the day. The perfect bedroom companion, this plant doesn’t need too much light or water for survival.
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Not only are bamboo palms on trend and great for adding a little height to dull corners, they are another go-to for removing benzene in the air. They also act as a natural humidifier.
This cheery addition is known to be a busy night worker just like the Snake Plant. It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen to improve your sleep. Keep it close to the light when the sun’s up.
English Ivy plants are great for vertical hanging pots, and they’re also the number one plant to grow indoors – this is due to their amazing air-filtering qualities. Various studies have revealed that they may also reduce airborne faecal-matter particles.
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