February 26, 2016 / By: Tawanda Nzara

Plants, the natural air purifier for your apartment

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According to research 25 years ago plants like sansevieria can absorb toxins more than 100 air pollutants, including nitrogen monoxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. This flower also is known as mother-in-law's tongue is a native to Africa, Madagascar, and Southern Asia has a reputation as a good cure for sick building syndrome by absorbing these toxins and releasing oxygen at night which makes them suitable bedroom plants – a term scientifically known as crasulacean.

The downside, the leaves of this flower are poisonous if ingested keep this flower away from children and pets.

With how modern life has brought with it air pollutants that can do harm to our bodies, there is nothing as soothing as to have this natural air purifier in your home, and I have seen my fair share in some of Mainstreet residents' apartment suites.

If you live near a major highway consider having a mother-in-law's tongue plant in your apartment. It requires sun to keep its leaves green so position it accordingly.

This is just one of many plants that can do the important job of air purification – what plants would you recommend?


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Mainstreet provides affordable, renovated apartment suites to Canadians, and is committed to creating real value without diluting shareholder interests.