Stuck Inside? Try These Houseplants That Clean The Air

Did you know that some houseplants are more than just an indoor decoration? Certain plants help clean the air we breathe too.

Scientists at NASA know better when it comes to cleaning air. Because of the closed and cramped space conditions inside a space shuttle on an outer space mission, scientists needed to find a way to keep the recycled air inside clean from any harmful elements and safe for our astronauts’ breathing.

As a result of their studies, they found the best plants that function as good air filter.

You might be wondering what harmful chemicals are in the air we breathe?  Here are some pollutants and the symptoms you can experience from prolonged exposure:

  • Trichloroethylene: dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and can even lead to coma
  • Formaldehyde: nose, mouth, and throat irritation
  • Benzene: increased heart rate, headaches, and unconsciousness in extreme cases
  • Xylene: mouth and throat irritation, headache, confusion and including heart, liver, and kidney problems
  • Ammonia: coughing, sore throat

As a way to filter the air and combat air pollutants, space shuttles have the following plants on board.

The infographic shows the plant specie and the specific type of harmful substance that it can filter. Take particular note of the two plants that can filter all 5: Peace Lily and Florist’s Chrysanthemum.