My boss had a good idea: to give you, dear reader of our info-letter, tips to clean up your homes of toxic elements – in winter. And it’s not complicated! (nor expensive)
In fact, these are some plants that suck toxic elements from the air – and release oxygen instead, for the benefit of our lungs.
Let’s look at it more closely.
Which Toxins, in My House?
Well yes, even in our little nest, there are all kinds of pollutants of which here are some examples only:
- formaldehyde – in tapestry glues, carpets and rugs.
- trichlorethylene – present in paint and some clothing.
- benzene, toluene and xylene – in plastics and cigarette smoke.
- ammonia – in the cleaners.
These polluting toxins cause health problems ranging from respiratory disorders to neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Solution: Anti-Poison Plants!
Since there is no problem without solution, studies have confirmed several beneficial effects of plants in houses:
Spthiphyllum wallisii – Eliminates most toxins as well as mold. It needs a lot of light because it has beautiful large leaves and is dark.
Sanseveria trifasciata – effective against benzene, from plastics, so practical to put in the kitchen.
Chlorophytum comosum – clears the room of formaldehyde that emerges from carpets or rugs. It can be put in the rooms, where there is light. The larger the plant, the more it increases – this is the general principle.
Some scientific sources to explain all this:
- Yang (D.S.), et al., “Screening Indoor Plants for Volatile Organic Pollutant Removal Efficiency,” HortScience, 2009
- Parseh (I.), et al., “Phytoremediation of benzene vapors from indoor air by Schefflera arboricola and Spathiphyllum wallisii plants”, Atm Poll Res, 2018
- Ataee (S.), et al., “The effects of the interior plants on the health and quality of the environment,” Quid, 2017, 1122-1127
- Zhou (J.), et al., “Purification of formaldehyde-polluted air by indoor plants of Araceae, Agavaceae and Liliaceae,” J of Food, Ag & Env, 2011, Vol.9 (3 & 4): 1012-1018.