With Delhi dealing with alarming and hazardous levels of pollution in the atmosphere, it’s only natural for people to seek different ways to combat the situation. Sure, we’ve all made beelines for the nearest mask store or chemist and bought ourselves masks ranging from simple cloth ones to the more specific N95 to make sure we’re as protected as possible from all the toxins and dust particles.
But another long-term and environment-friendly option is to bring home tubs of plants, specifically those that are known to purify the air more than others. Yes, such plants do exist and they’re very easily available too. Here are six such houseplants you should consider bringing home as soon as possible.
Aloe Vera: Great to keep at home since it absorbs the carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Nine air purifiers can apparently be replaced by one aloe vera plant. Bonus – its gel is great for your skin too!
Ficus elastica: This plant doesn’t need a lot of light and you can maintain it effectively. It’s quite effective in purifying the air of formaldehyde. But if you have pets or small children, then you may want to give this plant a miss since its leaves can be poisonous.
Ivy: This is a must-have. If you bring this plant home, it is said that withing six hours it will remove 58 per cent of the feces particles and 60 per cent of the toxins in the air.
Spider plant: This plant is particularly known for performing photosynthesis under minimal light. It is great in absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, gasoline and styrene from the air. One plant is apparently enough to clean the air in a 200 sq. m space.
Snake plant: Much like the spider plant, a snake plant is durable and can also perform photosynthesis under minimal light, making it an ideal indoor plant. It’s a great option for a bedroom plant as it produces oxygen during the night.
Peace lilies: It removes toxins such as formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. According to a Nasa report, keeping 15-18 of these in a 500 sq. m area is enough to purify the air. This can also be kept in the bedroom, and it looks very pretty too!
So, without much delay, bring one of these home now!