Okay. So you weren’t born with a “green thumb” and haven’t had the best luck taking care of plants. As luck would have it, you have stumbled across this blog post where you are going to find out about some easy to care for, low maintenance indoor plants, that will also help with indoor air pollution.
Arachnophobes’ needn’t worry. These little “buggers” aren’t related to the creepy crawlers. Spider plants are known for their excellent ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that can cause nasal and eye irritation, increased risk of asthma and allergies and neurological effects and is found in paint, drywall, adhesives, cosmetics, disinfectants and cigarette smoke.
This plant is known for its ability to help filter out formaldehyde and xylene—a poisonous solvent found in lacquers, paints, thinners, adhesives, nail polishes, and magic markers. Xylene exposure has been known to cause dizziness, headache, nausea and throat irritation. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage, loss of consciousness, and respiratory failure.
This groovy little plant is another one great at removing formaldehyde, as well as benzene—a known carcinogen commonly found in exhaust from vehicles, detergents, cigarette smoke, building materials and heating and cooking systems. Even limited exposure to benzene can still cause dizziness, headaches, confusion and loss of consciousness.
The only thing this plant has in common with a real snake is that it too is very low maintenance. This plant is also effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene and benzene (everything that the first three plants listed can remove) as well as trichloroethylene—another known carcinogen, typically found in stains, varnishes, finishes, lubricants, adhesives, pain removers, degreasers and cleaners. Trichloroethylene is believed to cause genetic defects and nervous system damage, though exposure to lower amount will likely only cause throat irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness and confusion.
The final plant on our list may be the lowest maintenance plant yet, requiring minimal sunlight and water—though they will grow larger when in direct sunlight. These little plants are more than just Panda snacks, having been proven to successfully remove formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.
Still not sure if turning your home into a greenhouse is right for you? You can always call Top To Bottom Services first to have an Indoor Air Quality analysis performed. These air samples are sent off to an independent third party laboratory to determine which, if any, harmful chemicals you and your family are breathing in. Once you have your results, you can go to your local plant nursery and find the best indoor air pollutant remover for your home!