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We spent 90% of our time in a day indoor, from home, in the car driving to office and spent at least 8 hours a day in the office. From previous article “THE AIR YOU INHALE CAN MAKE YOU SICK!”, the worst air quality you experience every day is located right in your indoor environment. It can be pollutants from gases, animals, appliances, and materials, and while many of them have no smell and can’t be seen, they can create numerous short and long-term health problems.

These pollutants contribute to ‘Sick Building Syndrome(SBS)’, which causes symptoms ranging from allergies, headaches and fatigue through nervous-system disorders, cancer and death.

Some of us may still finding solution to cleans the air naturally instead of spending money on buying air purifier. Lucky for us, the plants can help clean indoor air on Earth. But you may want to reconsider air-purifying plants if you have baby, also if you have pets such as cats and dogs. Many of these plants can be toxic to them. Whilst if you want to try your green thumb you can choose plants that easy to care for.

You may want to consider these indoor plants to cleans your indoor air naturally and its benefits TO YOU:

1. Aloe Vera (Lidah Buaya)

Aloe Vera can be placed anywhere in the corner of the house that gets sunshine. In addition to being easy to care for, aloe vera makes some serious health claims. 

This plant can eliminate formaldehyde and benzene. Apart from the ability to absorb polluted air it can be used for beauty treatments. Its clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

2.  Snake Plants (Lidah Mak Mertua)

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This is one of the easiest plant to care of, you just need to water spider plants two to three times a week. It prefers drier conditions and some sun. This plant is safe for children or pets. The plant helps to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

3. Spider Plant

Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow, making them a great choice for beginners or forgetful owners. if you want to try your green thumb you may consider having this plant around your house. The plant basically loves bright and indirect sunlight. Spider plant able to remove formaldehyde and xylene pollutants.

4.English Ivy (Hedera helix)

This evergreen climbing plant is well adapted to indoor conditions. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products. Where fumes from common household cleaners were three times more likely than other air pollutants to cause cancer, and another study found that exposure to cleaning products accounts for 15 percent of all asthma cases. English ivy benefited to asthma patient because it absorbs dust particles and fine hair.  
This plant need to water generously during growth and more hours of direct sunlight each day.
Despite its best advantages, English ivy is toxic to animals and humans, it can cause problems in animals and humans when eaten. Perhaps, you can hang this around your house or place it on a high shelve. 

5. Peace Lily

One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant! Making it one of few houseplants that can bloom indoors plus point to beautify your house or office area.
Put peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering. It grows best in a shady area, but too little light can prevent flowers from blooming. Just like other flowers, peace lily does contribute to the fallen pollen but you’re not having a room full of them, right?
Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children. Keep it away from their reach.

6. Dracaena

Dracaena is also one of the easiest houseplants to grow. The mature plant reaches 10 feet in height with a spread of three feet, and can live for decades if properly maintained. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.
To care for this plant, you need to keep the soil damp but not soggy, too much water can kill it. They just need indirect sunlight and they also can adapt to lower light levels if the watering is reduced.
This plant is toxin to pets, your cat or dog may vomit, salivate more, or have dilated pupils if they eat dracaenas.

7. Sirih Gading/ Golden pothos/ Devil’s ivy

The plant is the easiest to care for, Golden pothos, also known as devil’s ivy. To get this plant at IKEA you can find for name Scindapsus Aures. Golden pothos plants need bright but indirect light, the bonus is it can stay green even when kept in the dark.
It’s also considered one of the most effective indoor air purifiers for removing common toxins. It can eliminate formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide in your surroundings.
Golden pothos is a poisonous plant and should be kept away from small children and pets.

Besides houseplants, there are other ways you can purify the air in your home:
  • Keep your floors clean by vacuuming and mopping.
  • Avoid synthetic cleaners or air fresheners.
  • Reduce humidity in your air.
  • Increase ventilation.

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