Creating a Healthy Home with Air Purifying Plants

Peace Lily

Did you know that there are a wide variety of toxic chemicals concealed in your home?  It's true!

Common volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as benzene and formaldehyde, are found in an alarming number of items in the home.  You can find them in "glues that hold pressed-wood or particleboard furniture and cabinets together, carpet glues, flooring glues, caulks, sealants, paints, furniture finishes, and the water (and stain) repellent finishes applied to upholstery and clothing." (Rodale's Organic Life)

Further, according to an article published on ScienceDaily, "because people in industrialized countries spend as much of 80% to 90% of their time indoors, indoor air pollution has been ranked as one of the world's greatest public health risks. The United Nations Development Program estimated (1998) that more than two million people die each year due to the presence of toxic indoor air, while other studies estimate that 14 times as many deaths occur globally from poor indoor air quality compared with outdoor air pollution."

But not to worry, nature and science has your back!

In 1989, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America conducted a study using houseplants as a way to purify the air in space stations.  Their findings discovered that there are several plants that filter out (VOCs).  The list includes:
  • Peace Lily
  • Ivy
  • Aloe Vera
  • Spider Plant
  • Palms
  • Ferns
  • Fig Trees
The good news is that along with cleaning the air in outer space, these plants work hard to keep our air clean on earth too! There are other great houseplants other than listed above that can help purify the air in your home.  For a great visual aid to the best air purifiers according to NASA, check out LifeHackers' article here

Let me know what your favourite air purifying plants are!


Aloe Vera

English Ivy