Indoor air pollution is a hidden threat. Formaldehyde, a chemical found in glues, wood adhesives, particle boards, plywoods, carpets, etc is a respiratory irritant that is suspected to cause nasal and lung cancers. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as Trichloroethylene (TCE) found in paints and varnishes can cause damage to lungs, kidney and the brain. Long term exposure to Benzene found in gasoline and near garages has harmful impact on blood and the bone marrow, and can cause nausea, headache, dizziness and tremors. It can also lead to decrease in red blood cells, which manifests into anemia.
5 Plants That Can Clean Indoor Air
Some indoor plants can absorb these pollutants and keep your home healthy and fresh. Plants such as Aloe Vera, Golden Pothos, English Ivy and Peace Lily are some such plants that can remove formaldehyde from the air.
Aloe Vera plant requires very less maintenance and can grow in moist soil. It also helps remove benzene from the air. It doesn’t need direct sunlight. Peace Lily is one plant that has been approved by NASA as it helps remove formaldehyde, benzene and TCE.
Aloe Vera plant requires very less maintenance and can grow in moist soil. It also helps remove benzene from the air, just like Peace Lily, which also removes TCE. Peace Lily needs to be watered just once a week. All of these plants can grow in low sunlight.
Apart from putting up these plants in your home, make sure your house is well ventilated to remove toxins from indoors.