Plants that detoxify indoor air

You can detoxify indoor air with just a few house plants.

In our previous article on Indoor Gardening we shared about how Kamal Meattle, Delhi based researcher and popular TED presenter, gave details about an indepth study of the effect of plants on indoor air quality,

In this article, we’re going to give you even more ways in which to not only produce clean air, but detoxify your existing indoor air.

These days, most homes are filled with a variety of toxic gases produced by everything from furniture to carpets to wall paint.  When our homes are air tight and energy efficient this means that we are breathing in even more of these toxic fumes on a daily basis.

Kamal Meattle’s research shows that if you put Areca Palm, Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue and the Money Plant in a room, these plants will work together to create fresh air all day and all night. Meattle says that the Money Plant  removes very harmful  toxins such as formaldehyde from the indoor environment.

Deby Barnhart of Cornell Farm references NASA research by Dr. B.C. Wolverton. This research substantiates Meattle’s findings and shows that there are quite a few plants that will remove not only formaldehyde, but also benzine and trichloroethylene amongst other pollutants.

The plants she suggests for removal of formaldehyde are Pathos, Philodendron, Boston Ferns and Spider Plants.

In case you thought that your environment didn’t have any formaldehyde off gassing, remember that this will be produced by many carpets, cleaners, foam insulation, some furniture, paper products, plywood and particle board… just your everyday, common place home components!

Adhesives, dry cleaning, inks and dyes, lacquers, paints and varnishes also produce toxic gases including trichloroethylene. However, those beautiful Gerbera Daisies and potted Mums we love so much are great at eliminating these harmful substances.

detoxify indoor airBenzine is another very common toxic by product of very ordinary, everyday things in the home and office.  It is produced by detergents, inks and dyes, petroleum products, plastics, rubber, synthetic fibres and even tobacco smoke. To clean this out, try Draecena along with Gerbera Daisies and potted Mums.

The NASA study suggests using 1 plant for every 100 square feet of space to maximize absorption.

The bottom line is that if you want a ‘human’ friendly home with good, clean fresh air, you can achieve it with some easy to grow, low maintenance indoor plants.  Come in and chat with us to find out what will work best for you in your home.

5 Comments on “Plants that detoxify indoor air
  1. Great article! Have you heard about PlantSomethingBC campaign, an initiative to increase sales and drive consumer awareness of BC grown plants.

    Cheers Monika

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