The first day of spring, St Patrick’s Day; March is definitely the month of green. Celebrate the onset of March by adding a little green to your home! House plants are a great addition to any household. While they provide a burst of color, they also provide your home with cleaner air. Use these simple tips for finding houseplants to clean the air in your home.
Tips & Resources
What can you do? Reduce indoor air pollutants!
- Make your home a no-smoking zone — secondhand smoke contains formaldehyde, benzene, and PAH
- Read labels on household products — many common cleaning and cosmetic products contain air pollutants
- Ventilate the air when cooking, cleaning or applying cosmetic products — ventilation decreases concentration of indoor air pollutants
- Add houseplants to your home — A study by NASA determined houseplants can remove indoor air chemicals from your home
- English Ivy – top ten air purifiers; removes benzene/formaldehyde; requires little maintenance
- Aloe vera – removes benzene/formaldehyde; requires little maintenance; gel inside plant can also heal cuts/burns!
- Peace Lily – top ten air purifiers; removes benzene,/formaldehyde/trichloroethylene; has beautiful white flowers
What can you do? Learn about common pollutants in your home air – Where do they come from? How do they affect your health?
|Formaldehyde||cigarette smoke, wood-burning/gas stoves, carpets, certain wood furnishings, paper products (grocery bags, facial tissues, paper towels), household cleaners, paints/wallpapers, cosmetics||Skin/eye/nose/throat irritant, headaches, nausea, asthma, cancer|
|Benzene||Cigarette smoke (half the national exposure), wood smoke, gasoline, vehicle exhaust, certain glues, inks, paints, plastics, rubbers, detergents||Skin/eye irritant, headaches, dizziness, nausea, anemia, asthma, cancer|
|Trichloroethylene||Certain dry cleaning products, inks, paint removers, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives||Headaches, dizziness, nausea, cancer|
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons||cigarette smoke, wood stoves, vehicle exhaust, gas from asphalt roads||Skin/eye irritant, nausea, kidney/liver damage, cancer|
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