We now life in a world that is surrounded by chemicals and toxins. Plants in the home provide a great way to help provide clean and clear air. Compounds can be found in furnishings, cleaning products and other household materials. Plants work to absorb the particles in the air and then through a process of photosynthesis realise oxygen.
There are a number of plants which work to reduce the chemicals that we find in our homes. They are all also very easy to grow and keep alive so they are for gardeners of all levels.
Spider plant loves bright, indirect sunlight. Eventually they will send out small spider plants so you can multiple the amount of plants you have in your home therefore making them easy to propagate. Spider plants need to dry out between each watering. They should only be repotted once the roots become visible.
Spider plants remove formaldehyde and xylene toxins.
Peace lilies develop best in low to medium light. They should be watered once the soil has become dry. The can get overwatered so you should only watered when required not on a schedule like other plants you may have in your home. If the leaves of the peace lily are drooping within a week of being watered then it is a sign that it should be repotted in a larger pot.
Peace lilies help to reduce ammonia, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene.
English Ivy is a climbing vine. It can survive with very little sunlight. While this plant is in the initial growing phase, it should be watered regularly and the soil should be kept moist.
English Ivy helps to reduce formaldehyde.
A snake plant has sharp shaped leaves. It enjoys low light and doesn’t need very much watering. This is a very easily cared for plant. It is recommended to let the snake plant dry out between watering. The snake plant is slightly different to other house plants, in that it absorbs carbon dioxide during the night and releases oxygen – therefore it is good for a bedroom while you sleep.
Benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene are reduced from having a snake plant.
Red-Edged Dracarna or Dracaena marginata needs low to moderate sunlight and occasional watering. Depending on the top that this plant is planted, it can grow up to 15 feet. I currently have two, one which is approximately 1 foot and the second is approximately two and a half feet high. This plant doesn’t enjoy cold weather. I found this out myself after placing the first one I purchase outside and killed it. The two I have now remain indoors.
Red-Edged Dracarna reduces benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
Aloe Vera, as I have previously discussed, is a great house plant. The leaves contain vitamins, amino acids and a clear gel like liquid that has healing properties. Aloe Vera needs to be watered and then the soil needs to dry out, over watering can cause the roots to root. Aloe Vera has a very shallow root system so be careful of over-watering.
Aloe Vera will also produce offshoots which can be separated from the main plant to create new plants.
Aloe Vera will help to decrease formaldehyde from your home.
I have given a brief overview of the toxins that house plants have reduce:
Formaldehyde, which can also be known as methanal, is a toxic and volatile naturally occurring organic compound. It can be found it glues, paints, fertilizers and building materials to name a few.
Xylene is a olourless liquid or gas that occurs in petroleum, tar and coal. It is widely used in daily produces which as rubber, adhesive and paints.
Trichloroethylene is used in the manufacture, use and storage of disinfectants, dyes, perfumes and soaps. It does not occur naturally.
Benzene is a colourless and flammable liquid. It is a toxic industrial chemical. It is used to make plastics, synthetic fibers, dyes, drugs and pesticides. It can also be produced naturally by volcanoes and forest fires.
Ammonia is a colourless gas. It can be produced synthetically and also naturally from bacteria, decaying plants and animal waste. It can be found in water, soil and air.
**Please be advised that any information provided on the chemical compounds is for informational purposes only and to highlight what the plants can help reduce. I am not a scientist and have researched this information for the purpose of this article.**