Did you know that the air in our homes is more polluted than the air outside? The air inside a house can be 2 to 100 times more polluted than outside air. The chemicals found in offices or apartments are most often released by household products, appliances, new furniture and building materials, cigarette smoke or gas or oil combustion appliances. Ammonia, nicotine, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene are responsible for this polluted air. All these products are carcinogenic, and, in the long run, are harmful to our health. This reality is scary and if you do not have an air purifier, you may need to consider a natural alternative to purify the air in your home. Especially during winter, when we hardly ever open the doors and windows of our homes.
Even if you could clean your house every day, have the most sparkling clean house, mites and fungi will still continue to proliferate. And this is where the de-polluting plants become very useful, in addition to adding a beautiful touch to your home decor. Because plants have made a huge comeback in terms of interior decorating and they will also be very useful in purifying the air of your home and in a completely natural way to boot!
How it works?
NASA is who made this discovery when testing to find ways to remove pollutants from space stations.
The pollutants are absorbed by the plant's roots, stems and leaves, and are then simply and naturally eliminated.
The pollutant removing plants have the power to eliminate water vapor and oxygen in a much greater quantity than the CO2 they emmit. And they recover the harmful particles, break them down chemically before turning them into clean air through small holes that are called stomata, found on the leaves. These are the holes that perform the complex task of removing harmful chemicals from the air. Stems and roots can regenerate the air. They can kill mildew, microscopic fungi, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, toluene, benzene, all VOCs, xylene, trichlorethylene, ammonia, pentachlorophenol and formaldehyde.
They can absorb up to 96% of pollution within 24 hours.
Here are the harmful effects of these chemicals on the human body:
-Carbon monoxide: headache, dizziness, nausea
-Electromagnetic waves: headaches, irritability, sleep disorders
-Formaldehyde: fatigue, headache. carcinogenic
-Ammonia: irritation of the respiratory tract
-Trichlorethylene: it disrupts the hormones, carcinogenic
Here are 8 plants that will naturally purify 96% of the air of your interiors within 24 hours:
-The Dracaena marginata:"Dragon tree":The dragon tree of Madagascar
-The Ficus:"Fig trees":The fig tree
-The Chamaedorea:"Bamboo Palm": The bamboo palm
-The Ivy Hedera:"Ivy":Ivy
-The syngonium: "Arrowhead Plant" or"Goosefoot Plant":The Chenopod plant
-The ficus repens:"Creeping fig":The creeping fig
-The peperomia:"Radiator plants":The peperomia
-Chlorophytum:"Spider plant":The spider plant