These 11 Plants Purify the Air from Cancer- Causing Chemicals AND are Safe for Cats and Dogs
Being indoors is not always a choice we have. Many of our jobs require us to do our work from inside (office, building, home). Much of our errands tend to take place indoors too: shopping for groceries, going to see the dentist, picking up your child’s birthday party decorations. And some of us even prefer to spend our free time sprawled out on the couch watching Netflix or cozying up in our bed with a good book. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the majority of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors.
But did you know that indoor air is actually worse than outdoor air?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the environment indoors is two to fives times more toxic than the environment outdoors. Moreover, air measurements have shown that in some cases, the air indoors is 100 times more polluted than the air outside.
The three main household toxins of concern are:
These carcinogenic chemicals are found in many household cleaning products. Poor ventilation, mould and smoking also contribute to the unclean air inside. Research has concluded that 80% of all cancers are a result of environmental factors, rather than genetic ones. In addition, our exposure to indoor pollutants may be a contributing cause of autism, allergies and toxin load.
But before you run outdoors, there’s a simple botanical solution to this problem. Keeping one of the following plants in your home will help you bring that breath of fresh air inside.
1. Areca Palm
Benefits: Helps to remove toluene and xylene from the air and can help to increase overall air purification. Great for those who may have asthma or require effective air purification.
2. Money Plant
Benefits: Helps to reduce the toxins benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air. It can also help to increase overall air quality and purification. Great for asthmatics, those with lung conditions, and people who are exposed to high city smog living conditions.
3. Spider Plant
Benefits: Promotes high air purification. It’s suitable for helping to decrease exposure to formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. Great for placing in homes that have been freshly painted. Also suitable for apartments or homes that are exposed to big city chemical air pollutants.
4. Purple Waffle Plant
Benefits: Helps to remove formaldehyde from the air. It can help to increase overall air purification, and is suitable for increasing the quality of the air within any home. Great for city homes that are exposed to smog and car fumes. It may also help those who live near industrial factories.
5. Bamboo Palm
Benefits: Helps to remove formaldehyde and is suitable for acting as a natural humidifier for most indoor areas. It can also help to remove xylene and toluene. Great for those who live in high air pollution areas and areas where car fume exposure exists. Suitable for placing in homes or shops which may be exposed to gasoline.
6. Variegated Wax Plant
Benefits: Helps to improve overall air quality by removing benzene and formaldehyde from the air. This plant can also increase overall air purification. Can help people who suffer from lung conditions such as emphysema or asthma. It’s also beneficial for those who are exposed to car fumes, petrol, paint fumes, industrial or city smog, or heavy cleaning products.
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