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Environmental crises in the 21st century have made people go to extreme lengths to ensure they breathe clean and allergen-free air. Scientists and tech gurus are working day and night to restore our ecosystem’s deteriorating conditions but to no avail. So, people who are aware of the upcoming environmental calamity try their best to take care of their surroundings. But are air-purifying houseplants the best solution to this problem?
Air purifiers in households have become a norm because manufacturers have improved their designs to cater to our needs. But, the cost of an efficient air purifier can go beyond $300, making it difficult for some people to afford it. NASA Clean Air Study revealed that an affordable alternative for these people is air-purifying plants that will cost you only $30 or so.
$30 Vs $300 – Well, That’s A No-brainer!
NOTE! – The NASA Clean Air Study is actually misunderstood because, over the years, the real effects of air-purifying plants aren’t that impressive as the research suggests. Got interested? Please read our article about the subject –
But if you are still confident that you want these types of plants in your home, which is an excellent choice by the way, read on!
An air-purifying plant’s positive effects are not too drastic compared to an electric or automatic air purifier. But you’ll be breathing cleaner air with air-purifying plants in your house than without them. Most air purifying plants have one thing in common that is their aesthetic appeal. They tackle the indoor pollutants in your house and make your home look more welcoming and warm. Some of these indoor pollutants are:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds
But What Are The Best Air Purifying Plants?
Okay, let’s get straight to the point. You might be wondering which plants purify air the best, and here they are:
1. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum Morifolium) – THE BEST ONE!
Yes, chrysanthemum is the best plant for air purification. They purify your house’s air from toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene. It is a beautiful plant that is difficult to take care of, but once it blooms, it lifts your house’s ambiance.
Their beautiful colors and efficiency against airborne pollutants make them a perfect fit for almost all parts of your house.
2. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
Weeping Fig doesn’t need constant watering to thrive and perform at its full capacity. You can water it weekly and keep it near a window, so it can absorb sunlight and reach its impressive height. Know that Ficus isn’t fond of change and likes to stay in one place, and if you remove it from its usual spot, you’ll see a decline in its performance.
It usually removes toluene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the environment but can also take care of some other airborne pollutants.
3. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Aka Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
The snake plant is a succulent, which means it can survive in dry conditions and doesn’t need much pampering like other air purifying plants. If you want to buy an air purifying plant but don’t have the time to take care of it, this is the best option! Note that it removes formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene from your indoor air and makes it clean and fresh.
4. Aloe Vera (A. Barbadensis)
Aloe Vera is a go-to remedy for skin rashes, allergies, burns, and wounds. Recent studies have also shown how it purifies the air as well. The brown spot on its leaves indicates toxins and chemicals in your house, so you can take measures to clean it immediately.
5. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English Ivy is effective against all kinds of fecal particles in the air common in households that shelter pets. They have shown positive outcomes when it comes to treating mold breakout in old houses. Of course, it can’t do miracles either!
You must water your English Ivy every day and provide it with at least four hours of direct sunlight to keep it alive and thriving. They look beautiful in small pots and can climb walls around your windows for most aesthetic appeal.
6. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
If you are not fond of gardening but still want a beautiful air purifying plant in your house, go for Chinese Evergreen! They come in different varieties and can thrive in a dimly lit room, unlike other air purifying plants. It works wonders against environmental toxins like formaldehyde and xylene.
The only downside of it will be its soil quality, as it needs to be drained meticulously after every watering.
These are the best air purifying plants that purify the air you breathe, but they also add value to your house’s ambiance. Toxins expelled from household equipment along with cleaning chemicals are removed from your house’s environment without bearing any financial consequences.
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