February 1, 2016 1:10 am
Because they are enclosed spaces, our homes are vulnerable to gaseous toxins that build up over time. These include:
Benzene – caused by paints, detergents, and furniture wax,
Formaldehyde – caused by disinfectants or preservatives in consumer products
Toluene and Xylene – caused by a variety of household and consumer products
Ammonia – caused by commonly used aerosols and sprays
But 10 NASA-approved houseplants are said to be effective in removing air pollutants:
English Ivy – A trailing ivy plant that requires partial shade and light weekly watering
Florist’s Chrysanthemum – A lovely floral that needs direct light and frequent change of water
Peace Lily – Produces small, white flowers. Needs weekly watering. But consider carefully before buying, because this plant can be poisonous to house pets
Variegated Snake Plant – Has tall, broad, green and white leaves. Requires partial shade and weekly watering
Red-Edged Dracaena – Almost cactus-like in appearance, this plant needs direct sunlight and weekly watering
Cornstalk Dracaena – Produces cornstalk-type leaves. Wants partial shade and weekly watering
Broadleaf Lady Palm – Fern-like plant that likes partial shade and weekly watering
Flamingo Lily – Also known as anthurium, this plant produces shiny red flowers and requires partial shade and weekly watering
Devil’s Ivy – Produces luxurious ivy leaves, likes partial shade, and needs only monthly watering
Lilyturf – Produces purple flowers. Requires partial shade and weekly watering.
*Take note: Water lightly in most cases, as over-watering can cause root rot and kill the plant.
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