Grow your own fresh air – an excellent online presentation by Kamal Meattle.
Indoor air can become polluted from cleaning products, fabrics, flooring, furniture and new paint. Toxic chemicals that may be found indoors include acetone, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. They can irritate eyes and skin, and may contribute to asthma, headaches, and hay fever.
The good news is that indoor plants are effective at breaking down these polluting substances. Plants can also remove mould spores and other unhealthy microbes. Try a few of these in your home:
- Boston Fern – living room or office – best for removing formaldehyde
- English Ivy – bathroom or bedroom (for asthma sufferers) – eliminates mould spores
- Lady Palm – office – good at removing ammonia
- Moth Orchid – bedroom – copes with dim light
- Rubber Plant – kitchen
- Spider Plant – office
- Others include: Acrea Palm, Bamboo Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’, Ficus alii, Lady Palm, Money Plant, Mother-in-law’s tongue and Peace Lily, and Weeping Fig.