I found that the following plants have high marks for helping improve the air quality in the home!
Aloe Vera – Not only can it be used for burns on the skin, it is also known to remove formaldahyde from the air.
Areca Palm – General air purifier, especially as it grows larger. It’s known for being one of the better performers in purifying the air.
Baby Rubber Plant – These houseplants clean the air by emitting high oxygen content, and purifies indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldahyde or other toxins.
Bamboo Palm – According to NASA, it removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
Boston Fern – Said to act as a natural air humidifier, removes formaldahyde and is a general air purifier. Said to be among the best in air purifying houseplants.
Chinese Evergreen – Emits high oxygen content, and purifies indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldahyde, benzene or other toxins.
Mass Cane – Known for removing formaldahyde and known generally as one of the houseplants that clean the air.
Pygmy Date Palm – Said to remove formaldehyde and xylene (a chemical found in plastics and solvents) from the air.
Ficus alii – Said to be a great overall air purifier.
Gerbera Daisy – NASA says this plant is fantastic at removing benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen overnight, which is said to improve your sleep!
Also, I discovered that I could use low VOC paint. HUH? What is VOC paint?
VOC, Volatile Organic Compound are carbon compounds that evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to form ground-level ozone, an integral component of photochemical smog. VOCs can cause respiratory, skin, and eye irritation; headaches; nausea; muscle weakness; and more serious ailments and diseases, according to the EPA. Formaldehyde, a VOC commonly found in paint, is a probable carcinogen. The EPA has found that indoor concentrations of VOCs are regularly up to ten times as high as outdoor concentrations, and can climb up to a thousand times as high as outdoor concentrations when you are applying paint. Source: http://greenhomeguide.com
Below I am adding some great informative links! Enjoy and breathe easy!
- Low VOC Paints for Safe Indoor Air
- DIY Green Cleaning
- The Best Low-VOC Paints, for Healthy Indoor Air
- Improve Air Quality in Your Nursery and Protect Your Baby’s Health
- Video: Surprising Sources of Indoor Air Pollution
- 6 Surprising Sources of Home Air Pollution
- Clear the Air With a HEPA Filter
Blessings, Gracie Love