Nature has its own way of purifying itself. Plants act as filters because they absorb the toxins through their leaves. The theory is that if the plants do the absorbing first, our nose and lungs take on less of a burden. That means reduced incidence of asthma, allergies, reactions to mold and other particles. Follow a few rules like, don’t under or over water them, fertilize them monthly and expose them to weekly sun lights for a few hours. Do not touch them often and keep the leaves clean.
Plants for Living Rooms/Halls
Areca Palm – Areca palm is a small, cluster-forming palm. The plant is graceful, has arching leaves and an architectural form which makes it an attractive indoor specimen plant. It is an easily available plant and helps remove deadly toxins like xylene and formaldehyde.
Mini Rubber Plant – Tests have shown that rubber plants are especially efficient at removing formaldehyde from the air. They grow in full or bright, filtered light. When in growth, water moderately and apply high nitrogen fertilizer monthly or you can make your own compose.
Dracaena Reflexa – The tell-tale green, lime and yellow leaves of the plant can add a different brightness to your home décor. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which comes through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.
Plants for Bedrooms
Snake Plant – It absorbs a variety of chemicals present in the air. Keep them a little away from the bed for the basic reason of carbon dioxide (CO2) at night.
Chinese Evergreen – This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will bloom.
Bamboo Palm – Nice, green and bushy. At a corner, it will adorn the bathroom with warmth and glow. Best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene.
Plants for Bathrooms
Money Plant – Almost every household has one money plant. The popular belief is that if your money plant grows well then it will bring money and prosperity to you. It’s very easy to grow and does not need much tending. It removes formaldehydes and other volatile chemicals. It can be kept in any room, but it is best when adorning bathrooms that too in bottles and hanging the stems in any shape or directions.
Snakeskin Plant – One of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. It’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.
Plants for Kitchen
Aloe (Aloe Vera) – This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear air, in addition to its medicinal values. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. If it is maintained properly with trimming, then this can make many eyes turn.
Herbs – If you are passionate about herbs but don’t have space in your balcony then try growing them in pots and place them in front of kitchen windows where they can get some sunlight daily. Not only do they look good, but also add flavour and aroma to your food and kitchen.