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5 indoor plants that purify and moisturize the air


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Many plants can clean the air at home by collecting dust, traces of smoke and other particles and heavy compounds that are harmful to health, they say. Details.

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In quarantine days, we miss the fresh air more than ever. Forced staying at home makes us suffer from stuffiness, which can aggravate diseases such as asthma or allergies, and, in principle, creates an ongoing feeling of discomfort. Therefore, it is extremely important to have something in the house that will help filter the air and clean it. And if you do not want to spend money on special cleaners, then just put one of the orderlies in the house, which will rid the air of toxins, enrich it with oxygen, and also create comfort.

At the end of the 80s of the last century, NASA, together with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, studied the properties of indoor plants that could be used to clean the air inside space objects, and the best of them are on our list.


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If you like flowers to show off in your pots, then spathiphyllum is a good choice. Due to its dense foliage, this plant is able to cope with many toxins. In the NASA list, spathiphyllum took one of the first places as a plant that simultaneously removes three of the most common volatile organic compounds - formaldehyde, benzene and trichlorethylene, which just as much evaporate abundantly from the surfaces of furniture and particleboard panels. In addition, spathiphyllum has the ability to increase air humidity.


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This plant received an alternative name among the people - “mother-in-law's tongue”. Nowadays, it can often be found in the interiors of public places, and all because sansevieria is one of the first places in the ability to produce oxygen and purify the air. But this is far from her only advantage. Also, this plant reduces the content of microbes in the surrounding air, absorbs all types of hazardous impurities, including formaldehyde, which is a part of cleaning products, protects against toxins released by synthetics and linoleum, and in return just “asks” to water it every 7-10 days and a little sunlight from the window.

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Another unpretentious plant that will improve the air quality in your home is dracaena. Among the numerous varieties, the most popular today is the "fringed dracaena," which resembles a palm tree and, if properly maintained, can reach quite large sizes. This plant has the ability to moisturize the air, reduces the formaldehyde content, and also absorbs trichlorethylene, which may be relevant if you have a printer at home. To make air filtration even more effective, do not forget to wipe the drocene leaves from time to time with a damp cloth.


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Well, who doesn’t know ficus? This plant, beloved by many, is also very undemanding, but at the same time it maintains first-class hygiene of the microclimate in the house, absorbing harmful benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia. Ficus can be of different sizes - from a small neat bush to a whole tree one and a half meters high, and how much it grows often depends on the size of the pot.

Epipremnum Golden

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This exotic home creeper is also one of NASA’s three most effective air purification plants, doing a great job with formaldehyde. And epipremnum looks great when hanging in a pot, which allows its leaves to fall freely in a green cascade down. And again, the plant is completely unpretentious and easily survives even at low temperatures and lack of sunlight.

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