Discover 10 Beautiful Plants That Perform As An Air-Purifier!
What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced in small amounts by most living organisms as part of normal metabolic processes.
What are the short-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure?
When formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, some individuals may experience adverse effects such as watery eyes; burning sensations in the eyes, nose, andthroat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde, whereas others have no reaction to the same level of exposure. – www.cancer.gov
Luckily, there is a way to get rid of this harmful gases naturally. How wonderful it is to naturally purify air. These plants are not only acting as an air-purifier but also become very beautiful home decorating items.
As I finding out all the benefits from herbs and plants, I am more thankful to the nature. Here are 10 most beautiful plants you can have in your home or office for air purifier!
1. Boston Fern
Boston ferns remove more formaldehyde than any other plant. They’re also highly efficient at removing other indoor air pollutants, such as benzene and xylene (these are components of gasoline exhaust that can migrate indoors if you have an attached garage).
2. Palm Trees
Palm trees seem particularly good at removing indoor air pollutants, particularly formaldehyde, and fortunately, they’re all relatively 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 warmer climates (a good cure for the winter blues).
3. Rubber Plants And Janet Craigs
Got a dim office that’s just screaming out for cleaner air and a little touch of nature? Try a rubber plant or the Dracaena Janet Craig. Both will tolerate very little sun (though they may grow a little more slowly) and top the list for formaldehyde removers, which is particularly important in offices where most furniture is made from particleboard held together by formaldehyde-based glues.
4. English Ivy
Grown outdoors, English ivy is an invasive species that can damage your home’s exterior and tear off your gutters. But bring it inside, and it’s an effective formaldehyde remover. Thanks to its ability to climb structures, it’s easy to grow as topiary and use as a decorative element in your living spaces.
5. Peace Lily
One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products. Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children, so peace lily may not be a great choice for new parents or pet owners.
6. Golden Pothos
It’s a great “starter houseplant” for people without much indoor-gardening experience. Golden pothos are often mistakenly sold as philodendrons, which are related plants that are equally good at removing formaldehyde, and almost as forgiving to newbie houseplant tenders.
7. Gerbera daisies
This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light. – www.mnn.com
8. Aloe Plant
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: It grows best with lots of sun.
The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Like the English ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde. They can also last for many years when properly cared for. Grow with moderate water and some sunlight and they’ll be fine.
10. Snake Plant
Snake Plant is one of the most beautiful indoor plants, and its leaves do resemble snakes, and twist and curl as they grow upwards. This is a plant you’ll want to have in your home because it offers some of the broadest protection from indoor contaminants, and it pairs well with a Peace Lily.