6 Toxic gas in our home that plants can eliminate!
Formaldehyde is found in carpeting, upholstery, wax paper, fire retardants, cigarettes, glues, paint and a lot of other materials. It’s an essential part of the manufacturing processes of a large number of consumer products. In short, it’s everywhere. Elevated exposure can cause respiratory problems, watery/burning eyes, headaches, and nausea.
Best plants to remove formaldehyde from the air: Azalea, Dracaena Marginata, Philodendron, Spider plant, English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Chinese Evergreen, Rubber Plant, Bamboo Palm, Areca Palm, Peace Lily, Corn plant, Chrysanthemum, and Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
Benzene is a volatile hydrocarbon that’s used in many types of chemical synthesis, which means it’s used as a starting material in the manufacturing of other products, like plastics, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. It evaporates very quickly once exposed to the air and it’s known to cause cancer.
Best plants to remove benzene from the air: English Ivy, Dracaena Marginata, Golden Pothos, Janet Craig, Warneckei, Chrysanthemum, Areca Palm, Gerbera Daisy, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm, and Peace Lily.
Trichloroethylene is commonly used as an industrial solvent. It’s found in dry cleaning supplies, inks and paints, lacquers, and adhesives. It can cause fatigue, headaches, numbness, blurred vision, weakness and reproductive and developmental problems.
Best plants to remove trichloroethylene from the air: Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Peace Lily, Warneckei, English Ivy, Chinese Evergreen, Areca Palm, Rubber Plant, and Dracaena Marginata.
4. Toluene and xylene
Toluene and xylene are powerful compounds that are found in many household and industrial substances. Toluene and xylene poisoning can occur when someone swallows these substances, breathes in their vapors, or when these substances touch the skin. They are found in fingernail polish, glues/adhesives, lacquers, octane booster in gasoline, paints, paint thinners, printing and leather tanning processes, rubber and plastic cements, wood stains.
Best plants to remove toluene and xylene: Dwarf Date Palm, Areca Palm, Boston Palm, English ivy, Lilyturf, Spider Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Peace Lily, Flamingo Lily, Bamboo Palm, Weeping Fig, Florist’s Chrysanthemum, Rubber Plant, Dumb Canes, King of Hearts, and Moth Orchids.
About 80% of the commercial produced ammonia is used in agriculture as fertilizer. Ammonia is also used as a refrigerant gas, for purification of water supplies, and in the manufacture of plastics, explosives, textiles, pesticides, dyes and other chemicals. It is found in many household and industrial-strength cleaning solutions.
Best plants to remove ammonia: Lilyturf, Peace Lily, Flamingo Lily, Broadleaf Lady Palm, and Florist’s Chrysanthemum.
6. Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide (often called “the silent killer”) is an odorless gas that forms after the incomplete burning of a natural gas. It displaces oxygen in our blood, so even though we breathe in the air, we still suffocate. It comes from gasoline, kerosene, oil, propane, wood and coal. It causes fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and nausea.
Best plants to remove carbon monoxide: Bamboo Palm, Golden Pothos, English Ivy, Chinese Evergreen, Areca Palm, Rubber Plant.