These Plants Are Oxygen Factories! At Least One of Them Should Be in Your Home!
In 1989, NASA launched a Clean Air study to determine which household plants are best at purifying the air. As the research has shown, indoor air contains a large number of harmful chemicals, like benzene, trichloroethylene, ammonia and more. But NASA scientists claim that common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Some of them can absorb up to 85% of potentially harmful gases, cleaning the air inside our homes, indoor public spaces and office buildings.
According to the research, the indoor pollutants that affect our health are:
- Formaldehyde. Found in particle board and upholstered furniture, carpets, cigarette smoke, plastic tableware and natural gas. It can cause allergies, mucous membrane irritation, asthma and various skin diseases.
- Trichloroethylene. Found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, carpet and fabric cleaners, and chlorinated water. Tetrachloroethylene is a strong carcinogen that causes eye and skin irritation, damages the liver and kidneys and provokes psychomotor agitation.
- Benzene. Found in paint, lacquers, varnishes, cleaning products, liquid soaps, rubber and cigarette smoke. This carcinogen that accumulates in adipose tissue can cause leukemia, nervous excitement (like that caused by alcohol), shortness of breath and convulsions. It also lowers blood pressure.
- Ammonia. Found in computer parts, cigarette smoke, and household cleaners. It causes a dry and sore throat and cough, provokes chest pain, as well as swelling of the larynx and lungs.
- Xylene. This is used to make plastics, paint, lacquers and glue. Xylene can also be found in vehicle exhausts, leather products and tobacco smoke. It’s irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.
We at Handout Cluster are convinced that household plants are much more than just beautiful decor. Here are top fifteen plants that you should consider growing in your house in order to have better health and cleaner air.