NASA researchers found that there are certain plants that remove pollutants and chemicals from the air during a Clean Air study back in 1989. They were trying to find the most efficient way to purify the air within the space station. Lucky for us, these plants can purify our homes too!
If you knew the amount of junk your cleaning products leave in your air, you'd be throwing them out and cleaning with peroxide, baking soda and vinegar from here on out. For example, your laundry detergent probably contains benzene. You do NOT want to breathe this in. Do you write a lot? Most ink contains trichloroethylene. Many brands of paper towels and grocery bags include formaldehyde. Don't believe me? Check out this Public Health Statement by the Center of Disease Control. In their statement they go on to say that, "There is usually more formaldehyde present indoors than outdoors." These chemicals can cause all sorts of health related issues.
In addition to switching to natural cleaning methods and products, it would be smart to invest in a few house plants. Boston ferns are a great start. They filter out formaldehyde and xylene. They need to be in a cool spot preferably in indirect sunlight. English ivy filters out trichlorothylene, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde. They require low light and enjoy being in high humidity. Have you ever been gifted a peace lily? The person gifting it to you probably didn't realize that it's a great filter for trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, ammonia and formaldehyde. If you aren't the best at remembering to water plants, a Chinese evergreen may be for you. They like to dry out from time to time and they filter out formaldehyde and benzene. Place barberton daisies in front of windows. They love direct sunlight, moist soil and they filter out trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene. As you can see, there are plenty of options for all types of people and chemicals.
Switch to beeswax candles. Traditionally, candles are made with paraffin wax which is petroleum derived. These candles release benzene, toluene and soot into your air. Beeswax candles help to ionize your air and neutralize contaminants.
Invest in an essential oil room diffuser (or 5). Weber State University did a study and found that essential oils have a 99.96% airborne bacteria kill rate. Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove and tea tree help to cleanse your air. Mix lemon, pine needle, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus and grapefruit essential oils and you have an air cleansing concoction!air cleani