These Indoor Plants Will Purify The Air In Your House

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 4 years ago | News

Image: We dream of indoor spaces like these. Not only do these plants look great, they make us healthier just by being there. That's what we call clever design.

Considering plants are an important part of maintaining you know, life on this earth, it makes sense that keeping a few around the house would be beneficial, too. There are many benefits of indoor plants, including but not limited to helping with breathing, helping to fight colds, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, and helping to sharpen focus, which is, in this age of multiple screens – and Instagram – something we could all use some assistance with.

Perhaps most empirically though, indoor plants can get rid of some of the nasty chemicals which reside in the air, purifying the stuff we breathe in. In the ‘80s, NASA, in collaboration with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, conducted The Clean Air Study, in order to find out whether indoor plants would help to purity the air in space stations. They found that they did: specific species of common indoor plants remove toxins including benzen, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air, and, moreover, that they would do the same right here on earth. This research has been backed up by more recent studies, including one conducted by Stanley J Kays at the University of Georgia, who found specific species of indoor plants can indeed remove volatile organic compounds from the air. His findings were published in HortScience.

For effective air cleaning, the NASA study recommends having one plant in every 100 square feet of home or office space. The plants which will perform this, really quite magical, air purifying trick the best include: peace lilies; devil’s ivy; crysanthemums; variegated snake plants; barberton daisies; and aloe vera, to name a few. Check out the handy graphic Love The Garden have created to break down which of the air purifying plants tested by NASA do what:

Via Healthline, LifeHacker, NASA, and HortScience.


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