Am I the only person who didn't fully understand the importance of indoor plants? I have done a bit of reading into this and have found out some interesting facts. Now I do remember, albeit vaguely, learning about plants and how they increase oxygen levels some 20 'odd' years ago!. I've discovered that the first body of people to compile a list of air cleaning plants was NASA, (yes, really) they were researching ways to clean air in space stations.
Compared to buying an air purifying machine, plant are by far cheaper, costs less to run and will probably last longer than any machine. Recommendations are approximately one plant for each 100 square feet in your home. Bad chemicals such as formaldehyde, tetrachloride and benzene, can be totally eliminated when soil microbes and plant roots work together. Pretty amazing stuff if you ask me.
Ivy plants keep an Ivy plant in your kitchen to offset
benzene from your gas hob.
Spider plants absorb formaldehyde from new paper, books,
cardboard and computers.
Both these plants absorb fumes from carbon monoxide, oils and gasoline.
For more reading here's a link.
I'd love to hear your stories about which plants you have in your home and why?