Nature is truly an extraordinary thing, but you already knew that right? What you may not know however, is just how far it’s extraordinary capabilities go.
What if I told you there are certain plants that can actually remove toxic chemicals from the air in your home? Yup, and I even have NASA to back me up on this one.
According to the “Clean Air Study” conducted by NASA through its partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), there is evidence that certain plants are able to naturally remove chemical agents from the air. Results concluded that chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene were significantly reduced within the presence of one purification plant every 100 square feet.
Now I know what you may be thinking. Why the hell would all these chemicals be in my house in the first place?! Unfortunately, tons of every day household items such as carpets, couches, rubber, plastic, drywall, paint etc. typically contain trace amounts of these (and more) toxic chemicals.
Lucky for us, the plants below have our back and can all be purchased at your local nursery or plant sections of Loews or Home Depot!
1. Spider Plant: One of the top 3 plants shown to effectively remove formaldehyde from the air. Also removes carbon monoxide.
2. Dracaena Plant: Removes formaldehyde and Xylene.
3. Snake Plant: One of my faves! I have tons of these in my home as they remove majority of all toxins but especially great for nitrogen oxide.
4. Golden Pothos: Rids the air of carbon monoxide & formaldehyde.
5. Areca Plant: One of the best plants for all around purification and clean air. Removes benzene and trichloroethylene.
6. Peace Lily: Another “clean all plant” that is commonly placed in laundry rooms/bathrooms as they have been found to also remove mold particles from the air.
The above mentioned are just a few but there are actually more out there like Bamboo Palms, Boston Ferns and Gerbera Daisies.
The coolest part? Not only are these plants bad ass but they also make for beautiful decor in your home. You can even get creative with them like I did here with a DIY macrame plant hanger!
So the next time you find yourself at the store try to pick up one of these helpful babies and make your home a cleaner one 😊🍃🌿
Til next time,