The Snake Plant
This is a very unique plant as it can turn carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night. It is recommended placing these plants in a bedroom or carpeted room. The plant is able to prevent formaldehyde leaks from the wood furniture and carpets. This spikey, easy to grow greenery will remove this chemical from the air, and if you place in the bedroom it will help you get a better night’s sleep! Wow!
If you have small areas of your home which could house a plant, the Bamboo Palm is the best solution. This plant will easily grow in shaded areas and should not have any direct sunlight. The plant is also resistant to insect infestations so you do not have to worry too much about it.
The Bamboo Palm is able to remove trichloroethylene and benzene from the air. It will also act as a humidifier which is ideal for dry climates. As the palm is relatively small in size, you will be able to place it in any room of your home.
Dracaena is a long striped plant that can easily thrive in your home. This is due to the fact that it only needs small amounts of sun and moderate watering. However, this plant is able to offer a range of benefits that you need for your home.
The plant is able to eliminate trichloroethylene which comes from varnish and solvents. These chemicals are also found in printing inks and adhesives. When this is present in your home it can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and drowsiness which could lead to a coma with long-term exposure.
One of the most visually appealing plants is the Peace Lily with its unique white flowers. This plant also has the highest transpiration rate of all the plants on this list. However, it is important that these plants can be toxic so keep it out of reach of pets and children.
The Peace Lily is able to remove trichloroethylene, alcohols, acetone, and benzene from the air. Short-term exposure to benzene has been linked to increased heart rates, headaches, and irritation of the eyes. Long-term exposure to this chemical can result in unconsciousness.
The Golden Pothos
If you have trouble keeping plants alive, then you will love the Golden Pothos. This plant is quite hard to kill and the vines will grow fairly quickly. This makes it a great hanging plant or one that is placed on an elevated surface. This is considered to be one of the best starter plants for people who have never had to look after indoor plants before.
Like the Snake Plant, the Golden Pothos is able to remove formaldehyde from the air. This plant will also double up as an effective carbon monoxide remover.
In my experience, trying one indoor plant at a time is a great wait to start cleaning your air and enjoying a pop of green color and texture in your space. Use caution with pets and kids, and keep them out of reach if possible when first introducing a green plant to your space.
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