According to the American Lung Association, the air you breathe indoors could potentially be more harmful and polluted than the air outdoors. Some of the most common air pollutants include asbestos, mold, radon, formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Exposure to air pollutants can cause dry eyes, headaches or even serious ailments like asthma. There’s good news though! The plants below not only purify the air around you, but also look great in your home or in your yard:
- Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, the Bamboo Palm removes formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. The Palm also acts as a natural humidifier.
- Snake Plant: In 1989 NASA found the Snake Plant capable of effectively absorbing large amounts of nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
- Areca Palm: The Areca Palm has been said to be as effective as an electric humidifier and also more affordable!
- Spider Plant: An especially easy to care for plant, the Spider Plant removes xylene and formaldehyde with minimal upkeep.
- Peace Lily: The Peace Lily is the cleaning queen. This lily can absorb 5 of the most toxic air pollutants: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and ammonia. Peace lilies are often placed in bathrooms or laundry room because they’re great at removing mold spores.
- Gerbera Daisy: Gerbera Daisies are a common cut flower, but they are also great at removing benzene from the air. Benzene can irritate eyes, cause dizziness, drowsiness headaches and confusion. During the NASA study, the Gerbera Daisy removed 68% of benzene from the air after just 24 hours. They are also known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen during the night. Your nightstand would be a perfect place for these happy flowers.
Stop by your local Friedman’s to learn more about air-purifying plants. Pick out a pretty pot and you can combine a few of these beautiful pollutant-removers, all in one container.
*Plants listed subject to store’s inventory. Call your local store for more information.