I hope you all are aware that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of their photosynthesis. Researchers have also found that many common houseplants absorb benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, as well.
To make this whole process easier to understand for those folks new to plants, instead of talking about “photosynthesis” and the process involved , it is now called “air scrubbing”. Hmmm… Does that do it for you?
But, it DOES make all kinds of sense. We are so very concerned about rain forests being destroyed. It’s not only about birds, bugs, animals and insects that either are on, or are about to be listed on, endangered lists.
Yes, rain forests all over the world are threatened. Those forests “scrub” the very air we breathe. They absorb the horrible, harmful gases we produce and scrub them, creating nice, fresh oxygen!
Here’s where your houseplants come in. It has been found (by NASA, no less)that houseplants help fight pollution indoors. They are able to deal with a lot of nasty stuff we create inside every day.
Think of all the chemicals we use daily. Let’s start with the bathroom. Think about ammonia, Clorox, toilet bowl cleaners, deodorizers, the list goes on. They all create fumes that are not good for us.
Then let’s go on to the bedroom. How about dry cleaning of clothing, drapes, bed spreads, etc? Do you use soaps with aroma’s? Hmm… Guess what?
Then shall we head to the kitchen? Talk about cleaning products. Or how about window cleaners, carpet cleaners, waxes for our furniture. Gotten any new furniture lately? I’m sure you were aware that when you walk into the room, you are probably aware of the fact that a new piece of furniture has been added. You don’t need your eyes, your nose tells you.
This is complicated by the fact that we are all trying to make our homes airtight in order to save on energy. The best way to get fresh air into the house is to open the windows, but when it’s either 95 degrees, or 20 degrees outside, we aren’t so anxious to open those windows for either comfort or use of energy.
The bottom line here, is that our homes are full of pollution that we create all by ourselves. Why shouldn’t we try to clean up that air? It’s a wonderful way to help keep our families healthy!
Stay tuned! I’m going to add much more to this “theory”!