6 Houseplants That Will Detox Your Home

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • June 07, 2018

Clean your indoor air with houseplants!

We’d all like to think of our home and office space as places where we are safe and healthy. After all, the majority of us as humans spend more than 90% of our time inside!

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, cleaning products, and other household items used in our homes and office spaces are all responsible for putting harmful chemicals and toxins into the air.

Without proper care and air filtration, our bodies end up absorbing these toxic contaminants.

Common Toxic Contaminants (Houseplants Will Help With):

Trichloroethylene

  • Found in printing inks, adhesives, paints, varnishes, and metal degreasers.
  • Commonly given off by furniture.
  • Believed to be a contributing factor in the depletion of the ozone.
  • Can cause liver and kidney cancer.

Benzene

  • Not safe at any exposure level.
  • Responsible for the aroma around gas stations.
  • Given off by gasoline, paint, rubber, tobacco, smoke, detergent, and a variety of synthetic fibers.  
  • Can cause bone marrow failure and leukemia as well as damages to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, brain, and DNA strands in humans and animals.

Formaldehyde

  • Used for manufacturing building materials, household products, and hair products.
  • Can cause myeloid leukemia and other rare cancers.

Xylene

  • Used as a solvent in rubber, paint, printing, leather and in medical industries.
  • Found in airplane fuel, gas, and cigarette smoke.
  • Long-term exposure leads to headaches and cognitive impairment.

Toluene

  • Used to manufacture paints, pharmaceuticals, and rubber.
  • Found in gas and adhesives.
  • Can cause fatigue, confusion, weakness, memory loss, dizziness, and liver and kidney damage.

Ammonia

  • Primary building block for many pharmaceutical products and commercial cleaning products, also used in foods and fertilizers.
  • Classified as IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health).
  • Toxic to aquatic life.

So how do we go about combating toxins and improving our overall indoor air quality?

  1. Make your home “shoe-free

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