NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA was started in 1958 as a part of the United States government. NASA is in charge of U.S. science and technology) has concluded that houseplants were highly effective at removing harmful substances/pollutants from your home or business place.
Our homes contain some of the chemicals/gas that are harmful to us. These chemicals are present in materials that we use every day and from building materials. The most common indoor chemicals of concern are: benzene, found in plastics, nylon, dyes and detergents; toluene, used in paints, coatings, dyes, adhesives and fragrances; xylene, in cleaning products, printing ink, rubber and leather; formaldehyde, which is very common and found in plastics, resin, adhesives, furniture, insulation, fabrics, carpeting and many building materials; and trichloroethylene, used in adhesives, cleaners and degreasers.
These chemicals are invisible and houseplants have been shown to cleanse and purify the indoor air.
NASA scientists who studied the air-purifying quality of plants suggest one or two plants for every 100 square feet of indoor space. For greatest impact, they recommend at least 10 to 18 houseplants in most homes. The suggestion is based on sizeable plants growing in pots 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
The following are some of the recommended superheroes for indoor air purification:
- Peace lilies
- Snake Plant/ Sanseveria
- Palms included areca, lady and bamboo types
- Golden Pothos, also called devil’s ivy
- Dracaenas type of plants including Marginata, Warnecki and Janet Craig types.
- English ivy
- Chrysanthemums and gerbera daisies.
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Vera/Medicine plant.
- Ficus Weeping fig
- Chinese evergreen