Not only do indoor plants look fab, thanks to the colour and texture they add to the home, but it turns out they breathe a little more life into the air, too. Which is ideal for everyone in week 10,000 of ‘Rona lockdown. May as well breathe some fresh air inside when you can’t go outside. Gah!
With Aussies spending 90% or more of their time indoors pre-Rona (and mamas spending even more time at home when we have little ones), the fact that indoor air pollutants can build up and be present in larger amounts than humans should be breathing in, this is something that we should totes be thinking about.
If a living or office space is rife with air contaminants and lacking decent ventilation, it can cause what’s known as ‘sick building syndrome’. Yuck. And it can cause short-term symptoms like irritation of the skin, eyes and throat, headaches, drowsiness and general irritancy.
In 1989 NASA looked into how indoor plants reduce air pollutants inside and they made a list of which house plants best diffuse chemicals commonly found indoors (such as formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene). Here, we’ve picked our five fav NASA-approved plants to help clean the air.
1 // Snake plant
Combating chemical compounds such as xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene and benzene from the air, the snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue), gives out oxygen at night. Place one in your bedroom and it can help you breathe better while you sleep.
2 // Red-edged dracaena
This is one of the most effective indoor plants for removing formaldehyde (found in paints, wallpaper and smoke from fireplaces) and benzene (found in dyes and synthetic fibres). Growing up to 2.5m high, these plants look great in living rooms.
Hello friends! Allow me to introduce the red edge dracaena.🌱. This girl is one of our best sellers from the air purifying collection. I like to keep her by herself since she is a show stopper and will ignite conversation. 🌿 If you need a tall and fabulous; plant this is it😍. Bonus: it will reciprocate your care with pure air. DM me if you have questions 🙃 🌿 #plantyourspace #dracaena #rededgeddracaena #purifyyourair #airpurifier #livegreen #breatheeasy #greenliving #plants #plantsofinstagram #plantpower #wellness #botany #healthylifestyle #healthyliving
3 // Aloe vera
A great plant to keep in Aussie homes to treat sun-kissed skin with its soothing gel, the aloe vera plant fights benzene (found in detergents and plastics) and formaldehyde (found in varnishes and floor finishes).
Growing new ideas 🌿 With 3 blog posts written up and ready to be published, a new pen pal on the agenda, and a To-Do List full of bits and bobs, I’m determined to continue to be a creative & productive little bean today 💪🏼 What things are on your Thursday To-Do List? ✍🏻 \\ p.s. Look at our happy little Aloe fam 😱😍🌵
4 // Broadleaf lady palm
One of the few indoor plants to filter out ammonia (found in cleaning products), the broadleaf lady palm survives well in humidity.
5 // Spider plant
Fighting carbon monoxide, xylene (found in petrol and rust preventers) and formaldehyde (emitted with vehicle exhausts), the spider plant is a great one to keep in garages and sheds. It’s also very resilient, too.
The feeling when there’s a spider plant in your room 🙈 💚⠀ 📸 by @plantroost ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #spiderplant #plantmom #plantsofinstagram #weloveplants #plantlover #greenthumb #plantlady #greenyourfeed #pausewithplants #plantsmakepeoplehappy #fortheloveofplants #naturephotography #plantlife #indoorjungle #houseplants #houseplantclub #apartmenttherapy