Houseplant Benefits: Go Green & Breathe Easy
Let’s be honest…many of us are guilty of taking our houseplants for granted. We tend to think of them as just decorative or a “nice touch” to any room. Some of us may consider them pointless. Stay with me…I’d like you to know there’s more than meets the eye.
Indoor plants may look like they’re just collecting dust or taking up space, but did you know that they are hard at work, 24/7? Plants are Mother Nature’s air purifiers for your home or office! Let me explain. Years ago, NASA conducted a thorough study of houseplants and rated the top 10 for eliminating toxins and carcinogens inside your home.
The most common toxins inside the home are:
3) Trichloroethylene (TCE)
I encourage you to go online and research these for yourself. Formaldehyde is used in everything from foam insulation to paper towels and many common household cleaning agents. Fire retardants and adhesive binders in floor coverings and carpet backings are all contain formaldehyde. Cigarette smoke and heating fuels such as natural gas also make the list.
Benzene is another carcinogen to be on the lookout for. Benzene can be found in gasoline, inks, oils, plastics and paints. It is also used in the manufacturing of detergents, dyes and pharmaceuticals.
What is TCE and where is it found?
If you’re thinking all this is enough to make a person sick, you’d be right. It has a name and it’s called Sick Building Syndrome. Studies have found Sick Building Syndrome is responsible for contributing to everything from headaches, respiratory difficulties like asthma or allergies and more importantly – certain cancers. Think about it…if you live in a well-insulated home -the quality of your indoor air can be much more polluted than outdoor air. Up to ten times unhealthier.
Don’t despair…there is a solution to this chemical assault in our homes, and it’s simple: add some houseplants. NASA researchers suggest at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space should be used to efficiently cleanse the air. All living plants will take in carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. They all purify the air, however there are certain plants that are rated to be more efficient at it.
The following is a list of clean air plants you should consider adding to your home to purify your living space:
Low Light Houseplants
Indirect Bright Light