According to experts, the air in your home is more polluted than the ring road. Needless to say, that you are mortified to admit that your cosy little love nest is a den of pollution, full of extremely toxic non-grata squatters. Among them, the horrendous VOCs (Organic volatile components) clan – with members called benzene, acetone, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, etc. – and their toxic mates ammonia and carbon monoxide.
Thank goodness, your indoor plants are gallant fighters of these villains in your home sweet home. Your lovely little botanical companions have got amazing talent to combat air pollution, release oxygen in the room at night, filter out a host of toxins and help you breathe better, thanks to the humidity from their leaves.
Two or three plants are enough to detox a 17 to 20 m2 room. Generally, the more a plant uses water, the more humidity it generates and the more efficient it is against pollution.
-Red-edged Dracaena, English ivy, Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, are powerful polyvalent purifiers that fearlessly and efficiently tackle formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide.
-Flowers such as Peace lily or Spathe, chrysanthemum, and Barberton daisy or Gerbera battle a whole host of chemicals, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene and ammonia.
-Areca and Kentia Palms belong to the dreadful duo xylene and toluene demolishers and if by chance any formaldehyde happens to be in the vicinity, it would meet with the same fate. These green killers are perfect to deal with new fitted carpets, furnishing fabrics or furniture. The areca palm is the most efficient air humidifier.
-Cactus et and Peace Lily are powerful destroyers of ambient radiation bouncing around computers, printers, televisions and other such devices
-Yucca, areca palm and azalea eradicate horrible ammonia smells. They work miracles in toilets and bathrooms.
-The spider plant is the sworn enemy of carbon monoxide. In a small closed room, it can remove up to 98% of this toxin.
As an added bonus, these super heroes reduce incidence of colds, coughs and sore throat by 30% and dry skin problems by 23%.
In the face of such amazing performance, next summer when you see your skinny weakling of a neighbour bearing his chest again, you won’t say that he has the strength of a houseplant. It would be too insulting to the plants.