Plants feed from the carbon dioxide that humans emit from breathing, and release oxygen that humans in return take into their lungs. So naturally, one would assume that indoor houseplants can make for natural air purifiers.
NASA, in a study to determine how to improve air quality in the enclosed quarters of a space station, confirmed that plants’ metabolic processes actually do clean out the air for humans. After experimenting with 19 plant species which could survive in the low light of
indoors and absorbed the most carbon dioxide, the peace lily was the plant that was most effective.
How peace Lilies clean up air pollution
Not only is the peace lily a gorgeous plant, it can clean up your household air up to 60 percent. The NASA experiment focused on air pollutants that were commonly emitted by human activity – all toxins and chemicals emitted by tools and appliances that make the air less healthy to breath in the house. These chemicals most often become trapped inside the closed spaces of our home, and put our health and comfort at risk when we
breathe them in.
Benzene and Trichloroethylene are toxins that predominate in the typical household. Benzene is most present in cigarette smoke, paint, gasoline, rubber, detergent, and synthetic fibers. Trichloroethylene is mostly released by furniture, as it comes from wood varnish, paint, glue, and lacquer.
These are the two chemicals are too lilies like a favorite food. Their leaves absorb them and take them through the roots, where they’re broken down at the molecular level by bacteria and microbes. Not only do peace lilies filter out pollution from your home, they are water-rich plants and release healthy moisture into the environment. Peace lilies naturally thrive from particles that are harmful to humans, making them the best solution
for household air filtration.
Peace lilies also feed on dangerous mold spores that float in the house. It takes in those spores through the leaves, where it absorbs them inside its roots and converts them into nutrients. The peace lily is popularly placed in the bathroom, where its spore-eating process keep mildew from settling and growing on bathroom tiles and shower curtains.
Tending to your peace lily air purifier
Plant the peace lily in a pot of soil that drains well. You should replace the soil and pot of the peace lily at least once a year. When the peace lily grows too large for its pot, you can split it into two littler plants and pot them separately. You can also grow peace lilies in water, and are often sold in this way.
Being tropical plants, the peace lily should be kept in temperatures more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit and removed from cold windows. Keep the peace lily in moist soil, but it must not be given too much water. Since they are not big feeders, only give them fertilizer every 6 weeks.
Keep as much of the peace lily’s topsoil exposed to the air. The soil is also responsible for absorbing harmful toxins from the air, where those particles are taken in by the roots and by microbes and broken down. Cut away the bottom leaves that receive the least sunlight (and are thus the least productive) so that there’s as much air flowing to the soil and roots
New technology and more convenient appliances are bringing harmful substances into the air – every home will benefit from the natural properties of the peace lily.
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