5 NASA-Approved Indoor Plants for Fresher Air

April 7, 2020
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In our last article, we discussed some breathing techniques that can help you breathe more deeply.

Now that you’re making the most of the air around you, we want to make sure that what you’re breathing is clean and healthy for you. Thankfully, science says cleaner air can be as easy as buying a few houseplants.

During the late 1980s, NASA discovered that certain houseplants could filter out harmful compounds in the air. They realised that these houseplants were a great way to provide purer and cleaner air for their space stations. Luckily, these plants are also widely available, so you can add them to your home.

Below are the 5 NASA-approved houseplants that can give your home and office healthier air.

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This plant removes carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into oxygen. You need 4 shoulder-high plants for each person. Take these plants outdoors every 3-4 months to keep them healthy and happy.

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Mother in Law’s Tongue is a great bedroom plant. This is because it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. You need 6-8 waist-high plants per each person.

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The Money Plant removes formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals from the air. It’s also a great candidate for hydroponics.

source: Mokkie / CC-BY-SA-3.0via Wikimedia Commons

Spider Plants are easy to grow. Within just 2 days, these plants can remove up to 90% of the toxins in the air. It can also absorb small traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

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This plant helps reduce the levels of mould spores in the home. As a result, it can help keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew. The Peaclily can also absorb some harmful vapours from the air like acetone and alcohol.With just these 5 plants, you can grow all the fresh air you need to breathe healthily.

Still not convinced?

These plants were tried and tested for 15 years at the Pharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park in New Delhi, India. They found that your blood oxygen could go up by 1% just by staying in the building for 10 hours. They also noticed a 15% drop in electricity needs due to the air being fresher inside the building.

The plants were also able to give the following benefits:

  • Reduce eye irritation by 52%
  • Reduce respiratory system by 34%
  • Reduce headaches by 24%
  • Reduce lung impairment by 12%
  • Reduce asthma by 9%
  • Increase human productivity by 20%

If you want to learn more about the fascinating science behind these claims, watch this video explanation. It features Dr. Fraser Torpy and Prof. Margaret Burchet from the University of Technology in Sydney NSW.We hope you enjoyed this NASA-approved trick to get cleaner air at home and at the office. Remember: at Whistle Clean Australia, we don’t just keep you clean; we care about your health, too.

That’s why we recently upgraded our cleaning products to eucalyptus oil. More than 80% of our cleaning products are made from this plant-based disinfectant. It is not harmful to the body, or to the environment. This is also great news for people with asthma or allergies, because eucalyptus oil won’t trigger an immune response the way synthetic chemicals do.

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We want to offer our sincerest gratitude for your support. The last 5 years of hard work have been a tremendous experience. We are always striving to serve our clients better. And we are thankful to be celebrating 5 years in the service of businesses like yours.


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