13 Ways to Purify Your Home's Indoor Air
by Carlton Pruitt
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It is commonly believed among many research scientists that indoor air is much more polluted and filled with more toxins than outdoor air.
Since most people spend a great deal of time, if not most of their time, in doors a logical question you might ask is "How Can I Go About Improving My Indoor air Quality?"
In one word plants!
Plants give off oxygen and take in carbon dioxide whereas humans do just the opposite. They breath in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. Thus a symbiotic relationship exists between plants and humans. A symbiotic relationship is simply a relationship of mutual benefit or dependence. This relationship has been ordained and established by our wise Creator for God has so willed.
In another article I wrote titled "How Toxins Enter Your Body"
I mention one of the chief ways toxins enter your body is through The Air You Breath- It is estimated that there are over 200,000 possible toxins in our air at any one time when you consider all the fossil fuels, chemical such as benzene, second hand smoke from cigarettes, mold and mildew, dust mites found in mattress, couches and carpets, household cleaning products, chemtrails, pet dander, chemicals, glues and dyes in carpets give off (VOC’s) or volatile organic compounds and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, air fresheners, lead based pains found in older homes built before 1978, dry cleaned clothes, carbon dioxide from fireplace, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These are commonly found in mattresses ,upholstery, drapes and curtains, television and computer casings and circuit boards. This list is by no means exhaustive but I did want to give you some idea of what you are up against just inside your home where you may spend most of your time.
To help purify your indoor air simply put the following 13 domestic plants throughout your home and experience amazing results.
Listed below are 13 plants that can be purchased at most any nursery for a modest price. Their benefits are also listed as an aid to your shopping and what toxins you seek to eliminate or fight against.
1. Azalea- Bring this beautiful flowering shrub into your home to combat formaldehyde from sources such as plywood or foam insulation. Because azaleas do best in cool areas around 60 to 65 degrees, they’re a good option for improving indoor air in your basement if you can find a bright spot.
2. Peace lily -Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.
3. Gerber daisy -This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.
4. Snake Plant- Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.
5. Golden pothos -Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde. (Bonus: Golden pothos, also know as devil’s ivy, stays green even when kept in the dark.)
6. Chrysanthemum -These colorful flowers can do a lot more than brighten a home office or living room; the blooms also help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.
7. Weeping fig -A ficus in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Caring for a ficus can be tricky, but once you get the watering and light conditions right, they will last a long time.
8. Aloe Vera-This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Besides its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
9. English ivy -A study found that the plant reduces airborne fecal-matter particles. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.
10. Chinese evergreen- This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.
11. Bamboo palm- Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. They’re also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.
12. Heart leaf philodendron-This climbing vine plant isn’t a good option if you have kids or pets because it's toxic when eaten, but it's a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOCs. Philodendrons are particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard.
13. Spider Plant The spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. These are hardy plants with lots of tiny white flowers and rich foliage.
Hopefully, you will take action today or sometime this month to improve your indoor air quality by putting some of these plants inside your home.
You will enjoy their God given beauty and wonder as well as enjoy the improved air purity inside your living environment and this makes all the sense in the world to those who are health conscious.
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
See all his videos on http://www.youtube.com Type LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail
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