Posted by: 2in10 | 03/31/2011

peace lily cleans the air

According to The Wall Street Journal, houseplants really do clean indoor air. We know that indoor air pollution is a problem. Here in New England in late March, we are still heating our homes and fighting the infiltration of cold, wintry air. But it’s a good idea whenever the temperature rises, to open the windows and begin to refresh the air we spend hours breathing.

In the March 15, 2011 issue of WSJ, Gwendolyn Bounds writes that research has shown that certain plants are very good at cleaning pollutants that accumulate from paint, cigarette smoke, furniture, dry cleaning, and cleaning products from indoor air.

We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Now researchers are confirming that several commonly found, ornamental indoor plants can remove contaminants including benzene and toluene. These include English ivy, asparagus fern, peace liy, sansevieria, and dracaena.

Plants are assisted in this cleansing by microorganisms in the planting soil. In the future we are likely to see enhanced planting media to improve pollution-fighting properties and special planters outfitted with fans or activated carbon.

Soon my house will look like my grandmother’s, with a green leafy in every room.



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