Plants (more specifically the leaves) have long been known to function like air pumps. They breathe all the time — and they sweat. According to NASA, that’s great news for humans, who can use houseplants to purify indoor air and maintain good humidity levels.
Here is a list of indoor plants that NASA has found to be most effective at removing toxins:
philodendron ; common ivy ; spider plant; ficus/weeping fig tree ; devil’s ivy ; peace lily ; bamboo or reed palm ; snake plant ; gerbera daisy ; chrysanthemum
“Plants take substances out of the air through the tiny openings in their leaves (stoma). But research in our laboratories has determined that roots and soil bacteria are also important,” said Dr. Bill Wolverton, formerly a senior research scientist at NASA.
The NASA researchers recommend that for an average home of under 2,000 s.f., 15 to 18 houseplants grown in 6-inch containers or larger. The more vigorous the plants, the better.
At Home Care Assistance Columbus, we encourage our clients to revisit hobbies they once had. For former outdoor gardeners, taking care of houseplants is a great alternative. Breathe easy!