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Sanitize environments: plants help!

5 plants that improve air quality

We can finally resume our activities, and many of you will be thinking about how sanitize environments in which we live and work.

Be careful though, let’s not just talk about the Coronavirus: also thepollution in our homes can become a problem!

As early as 1989, the NASA had faced the problem ofpollution in space stations.

In fact, living in completely closed environments, astronauts often suffered from ailments caused byhigh concentration of some chemicals in the air.

It was later discovered that some plants they can help solve this problem, not only in space stations, but also at home or in the office!

We all should have some plants in the house, not just because they are graceful and elegant, but also because there they offer numerous health benefits: regulate the level of humidity in the rooms, absorb carbon dioxide by returning oxygen through photosynthesis and, moreover, taking care of it helps to relieve stress.

You probably knew these things already … but maybe you don’t know that some plants also contribute to eliminate volatile harmful substances present in our homes, thanks to the action of some enzymes said methylotrophic.

These tireless workers were discovered thanks to NASA, which also compiled a list of the plants that best perform this task.

Today we present 5 of them, but soon we will also talk about many other plants.

Pothos (Fittonia)

Photo by Kelsey Brown on Unsplash

It is a plant very common, robust and spartan: does not require specific care, nor does it require particularly bright environments, therefore it is suitable even for those without a green thumb!

It can be grown as climbing or as falling, but it is highly appreciated above all because it is able to absorb some substances present in paints, such as formaldehyde.

Think that one has even been created “enhanced” version of this plant, obtained in the laboratory thanks to the insertion of a gene present in rabbits.

This variant manages to eliminate over 90% of volatile substances present in a normal apartment.

In particular, it helps to purify the air from benzene, resulting from cigarette and candle smoke and from car exhausts, and from chloroform, result of the evaporation of water.

Aloe (Aloe vera)

aloe vera indoor
Image by melz from Flickr

Aloe is one succulent plant which manages to survive even in extremely arid environments.

In fact, it is able to incorporate many liquids and then slowly absorb them when it needs it.

It can grow without problems even in the apartment: just put it next to one well lit window.

This plant will help eliminate substances like benzene and formaldehyde, present in numerous home cleaning products.

Phalangium (Chlorophytum comosum)

Suitable for those with limited time and he is not expert with plants: he only needs a lot of light, he is very resistant and not subject to diseases.

Its light green and cream colored leaves are capable of absorb benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene.

Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Sansevieria trifasciata indoor
Image by Steven Severinghaus from Flickr

Also this plant does not require much care and can also be placed in the shade or in dimly lit areas.

It is perhaps one of the most decorative plants on our list, but it is also among the most effective in absorbing the toxic agents present in the air.

Its long fleshy leaves particularly absorb the formaldehyde, which can cause headaches, discomfort in the respiratory tract and a feeling of fatigue.

Spathiphyllum (Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa)

Image by Nika Akin from P

We have already dedicated to the elegant Spathiphyllum an entire article, but it is worth repeating: this plant is not only decorative, but it is also capable of absorbing numerous pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene and xylene.

If watered regularly and placed in penumbra, this plant rather easy to grow it gives white flowers that resemble a lily.

These plants are just one of the many ways that nature can help us improve our life, but wait to rejoice: to purify the air of an apartment many plants are needed… get ready to turn your home into one small jungle!

And here comes into play KalaMitica, which was born precisely for bring greenery to the most polluted home environments, like the bathroom and the kitchen.

Smaller cubes are perfect for holding them tillandsie, plants with a curious appearance and surprising characteristics.

But if you want to do things big, thanks to magnetic containers by KalaMitica you can create real ones green walls inside your homes, even where space is scarce.

If then, in addition to the containers, you will also get help from the magnetic boards, bring order and good air in the house it will be easy!

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