Leading on from our recent blog ’10 Natural Ways to Detox Your Home Environment’, where we mentioned that keeping house plants can dramatically reduce toxins present in the air, we thought that we would delve a little further into why that is and which plants you can use for the greatest, air-purifying effect.
It’s a shocker, but indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health! Considering that the average person in Western society spends 90% of their time inside, this is something that we should be really thinking about.
We’re not just advocates of natural, organic ingredients in hair and beauty products here at Tabitha James Kraan Organics – we’re in it for the whole, healthy lifestyle too! If we’re taking the time and effort to keep our beauty routine clean, why not extend to what we eat, drink and breathe too? It only makes sense!
Unfortunately, no matter how good you are at the clean living thing, there’s no avoiding the toxins surrounding us on a daily basis from pollution, fire retardants, carpets and much more. Considering that more than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced and introduced into most households since WWII, it’s no wonder that the air we breathe is a little less than fresh.
However, with the right houseplants, not all is lost! You can quickly and easily remove at least a large portion of nasties in the air, simply by dotting these little beauties around your home.
Houseplants to Purify Your Home
How Do Houseplants Clean the Air?
So by now you must be thinking that houseplants are amazing and it’s time to run out and get some! But hang on a second…how do houseplants clean the air, exactly?
As you probably already know, plants and trees breathe, just like we do, but in reverse. In goes the carbon dioxide that we exhale, photosynthesis works it’s magic and out comes clean oxygen for us to slurp up! As they’re sucking in all this carbon dioxide, they will also absorb other pollutants in the air, but it doesn’t stop there! The soil in which houseplants (and outdoor plants too) are potted accounts for a lot of the air cleansing process too, thanks to micro-organisms present.