It has been in the news, and even Dr. Oz has spoken about the benefit of indoor plants. Having certain plants indoors can clean out everyday toxins from the air inside of your home. NASA did a research that some say now is very outdated because they are finding that plants are even better at cleaning air than originally thought.
Plants have been used as an alternative to air filtration system in some homes. My findings in this area are that 2 plants per 10ft x 10ft room can reduce Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene. Sometimes up to 80% or more.
These toxins can be produced by products found around the home and even in the materials that were used in building your house. Fortunately, most of the plants that were high on the air cleaning list are very easy to take care of. And by easy I mean watering once a week (that means they are Harley proof). They grow well indoors and/or shade.
All plants go through a process called photosynthesis. This is when a plant takes in carbon dioxide and other pollutants, converts them, and releases oxygen. The Golden Pothos on the left was in the NASA clean air study. This plant removes Formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is found in foam insulation, plywood, pressed-wood products, grocery bags, waxed paper, fire retardants, adhesive binders in floor coverings, cigarette smoke, natural gas and much more. With a list like that, I can only imagine the Formaldehyde levels in the common household if no plants are inside…Yikes!
Take a tip from me and pick up a plant or two for your indoor decor. You are guaranteed to breathe easier once you do!