Do Indoor Plants Really Help Cleaning The Air?
We hear a lot about the ability of indoor plants to purify the air.
“Purifying the air” sounds like a big thing, but what does it even mean? What do they filter? And which plants?
Let’s start with the obvious. Through photosynthesis, plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen. This is why large rainforests and jungles such as the Amazon rainforest are so vital to our planet. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen.
Though on a much smaller scale, indoor plants do the same to our indoor space. The more plants our room has, the more oxygen it would contain, making it healthier for us to breathe.
But can plants actually do more than that? Can they also remove toxins from the air we breathe?
We spend most of our time indoors. That’s a fact. Unfortunately, air pollutants accumulate easily in indoor spaces and can cause health issues like eye and throat irritation, headaches, and many more symptoms.
One famous NASA experiment, published in 1989, found that indoor plants can scrub the air of cancer-causing chemicals like benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke), ammonia and formaldehyde found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner), stuff you definitely don’t want to breathe but sadly theres a little bit of it everywhere today , especially in busy cities and near big roads.
Based on this research, some scientists say house plants are effective natural air purifiers. Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing pollutants.
It is not clear yet how many plants might be needed to clean a room of its contaminants. Some experts recommend at least two “good sized” plants per 10 square meters of interior space. Others say that many more are needed to create an actual effect, and that air exchange with the exterior has a far greater effect on indoor air quality than plants. But in any case, it’s safe to say that plants are undoubtedly not just pretty, but also healthy. The more plants your room has, the cleaner and healthier it will be, especially during cold winter months when air exchange with air from outside occurs rarely.
Are all the plants air purifying?
The NASA research found that although all the plants contribute to our air’s quality, some make a far greater effect than the others. It is not clear why and how these plants are better at purifying the air, but they were found to effectively remove more pollutants. We have collected for you the top air purifying plants. These are recommended to be placed in bedrooms or in your kid’s room, a space which can benefit from them the most.
Jero (Philodendron Green Wonder)
Lucas (Philodendron Xanadu)
Lena (Sansevieria Zeylanica)
Lawrence (Sansevieria Laurentii)