Due to increased industrialization and urbanization in the present world, pollution in the environment has also increased. It has degraded the quality of air outside and inside our homes. NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America organized research for finding a way to detoxify air inside the house and they suggested houseplants for this purpose. The following is a list of five green plants that can help in improving air quality in your house:
1. Aloe (Aloe vera)
Aloe (Aloe vera) is an easy to grow plant which has numerous benefits. It removes benzene and formaldehyde which is mostly the residue of chemical based cleaners, paints, etc used in the house. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, it has many health benefits as well. It can treat arthiritis, diabetes and high blood pressure problems. Its use also ensures fitter skin.
2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a popular house plant having lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers. Apart from bringing beauty to a room, It also combats formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene which is employed as solvent in many industries including leather, rubber and printing. The benefits of this plant is that it does not demand a lot of attention and improves indoor air quality by absorbing toxins and giving off oxygen.
3. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a beautiful flowering plant which plays an important role in eliminating trichloroethylene which is a by product of dry cleaning. It also protects from benzene that comes with inks. Gerbera daisy flowers blooms for 4-6 weeks as houseplants with proper care. They also need appropriate sunlight and water.
4. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) is a plant with number of benefits. It is also called as the snake plant (S. thyrsiflora) which has leaves with light-green bands and yellow edges. It helps in filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in toilet paper, tissues, cleaning products and personal care products. It is a very helpful plant in eliminating air pollutants.
5. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)
Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) is an effective plant in filtering formaldehyde. It is amongst the easiest houseplants to grow. Pothos Gold, Pothos Marble Queen, Jade Pothos and the newer chartreuse green Neon Pothos are the varieties of this plant. Planting Golden pothos in garage is very helpful as formaldehyde is the major component of cars exhaust. A major plus point with this plant is that it requires less sunlight and stays green even when kept in the dark.