Houseplants: The Natural Air Filter

It’s true that houseplants are an extremely popular home decorating accessory at the moment. (Did anyone even know what a monstera was five years ago?) As it happens, these plants are doing a lot more than making your living room look nice. Even the smallest household plants are extremely efficient at filtering the air.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals found in many paints, carpets, adhesives, cleaning products, polishes and air fresheners. They release fumes overtime that often go undetected. This isn’t ideal for any age, but young children exposed to high levels of airborne VOCs are four times more likely to develop asthma than children with lower levels in their homes. Asthma and allergies often affect children simultaneously.

Houseplants filter the air, and the microscopic components within it, by drawing it though their leaves, and breaking down chemicals by way of the bacteria present amongst the roots and soil. Even keeping a healthy six-inch plant per 100 square feet of living space is enough to make a positive difference in air quality.

Some of the most effective air filtering plants, according to a NASA study, include peace lily, Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema spp.) and members of the Dracaena family. Keeping plants in the house can be a great way to clear the air, reducing symptoms of asthma and nasal allergies. As a bonus your home will look and feel beautiful!

For more about protecting yourself and your children from environmental toxins, including additional tips on indoor air, listen to this episode of our podcast.
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