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We are constantly inundated with advertisements, convincing us that we need a multitude
of air fresheners to make the air “cleaner” and smell “fresher”. However, air fresheners
available in the market contain a host of chemicals such as petroleum distillates,
p-dichlorobenzene, formaldehyde, and aerosol propellants, all of which can be highly
toxic and may increase the incidence of many health problems.
Health risks from regular exposure to chemicals found in air fresheners may cause
headache, earache, irregular heart beat, depression, respiratory problems as well
as diarrhea in babies.
There are many ways to clean the air in your home or car without spending money on
air fresheners. And, one of the best ways to freshen the air indoors is to use plants.
By converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, plants actually filter the air and eliminate
a number of harmful household pollutants, including formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
According to research conducted by NASA, tropical plants that survive in areas of
low light are the best. Some of the plants listed below are more effective than others
at filtering particular chemicals so make sure to use a combination of plants.
What Plants Are Good for Air Cleaning?
Aglaonema Modestum – Chinese Evergreen
Chamaedorea Seifritzii – Bamboo Palm
Chlorophytum elatum – Green Spider Plant
Chrysanthemum morifolium – Pot Mum/Florists' Chrysanthemum
When using plants to filter the air in your home, position them so there are 2 plants
per 100 square feet. Let’s say, if your home is around 1000 square feet, then you’d
want ten twenty plants around your home.
If you’ve multiple levels in your home, you’ll want to divide the plants between
the 2 floors. However, NASA’s guideline is to use 15-18 plants in a home of approximately
1800 square feet.
Keepingplants indoors not only freshen and neutralize the air, they also add a nice
green touch to your home. Why not head down to your nearest nursery and get a few
pot of indoor plants today?