The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once famously stated, "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger." The sentiment of the statement is nice and one may draw inspiration from it, but it's not entirely accurate. Take for instance, air pollutants. They may not kill you, but they certainly are not making you stronger.
According to Sustainable Baby Steps, the three most common toxins found within the air of your home are benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. These toxins are usually emitted from products in the home that were manufactured in a factory. But fear not, there is a way to combat these chemicals. How so? Houseplants.
For instance, according to a study done by NASA, Gerbera daisies were said to have removed high amounts of both benzene and trichloroethylene.
The bamboo palm can remove formaldehyde.
Pot mum not only removes benzene, but it can also improve air quality.
Most of us know aloe vera is helpful in soothing sunburns, but did you know it can also help remove formaldehyde from the air?
Sustainable Baby Steps says that baby rubber plants are known to remove toxins from the air. In addition, these plants also produce a high amount of oxygen.
Likewise, the Chinese evergreen also emits a substantial amount of oxygen. It's known to remove harmful chemicals from the air as well.
You ought to stick a peace lily in your bathroom because they're known to remove mold spores from the air. In addition to that, peace lilies remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, which — as you should know by now — are the most common toxins found in the home.
The Boston fern will not only look nice in your home, it will also "act as a natural air humidifier," according to Sustainable Baby Steps.
English ivy, another pretty addition to the home, is known to remove toxins that are found in cigarette smoke. It's been reported that the plant can also be beneficial for those with asthma.
Last but not least, the ficus is great to have in order to purify the air around you.