There are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking in your home. Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound that’s emitted in low levels by a variety of household products and furniture, may cause cancer in humans and has been known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels.
I am one who loves finding natural alternatives to solve any problem so here is an all natural solution to detoxify the air around you! Add these 5 household plants that NASA scientists have discovered helps remove formaldehyde and purify air to your home for a safer, cleaner atomesphere!
1. Boston Fern
This plant removes more formaldehyde than any other plant. They’re also very effective at removing other indoor air pollutants, such as benzene and xylene which are components of gasoline exhaust that may travel indoors if you have an attached garage. Feed them weekly in seasons when they’re growing, monthly during the winter, but they like to be watered regularly.
2. Palm Trees
Palm trees are good at removing formaldehyde and are easy to care for. The best at formaldehyde removal is the Dwarf Date Palm, which is closest in appearance to the palm trees that remind you of the warmer climates, but other alternatives are Bamboo Palm, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, or Parlor Palm. Palm trees prefer cooler temperatures in the 60-75 degree Fahrenheit range.
3. Rubber Plants and Janet Craigs
A rubber plant or Janet Craig would be good for an office space that’s screaming for cleaner air! These plants benefits office spaces where most furniture is made from particleboard held together by formaldehyde-based glues. Both can tolerate very little sun even though that may cause slower growth.
4. English Ivy
Grown outdoors, English Ivy has the ability to climb structures and can be used as a decorative element in your living spaces. This plant likes part sun and part shade, so it’s a good plant to try indoors and isn’t as temperamental as Boston Ferns. Occasional watering and misting will keep it healthy.
5. Peace Lily
One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors is the Peace Lily. It’s also another good office plant and prefers low light conditions. It also has a high development rate that will humidify your air. Just be aware the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children.
I hope these plants were helpful for you! What plants do you have in your home?