Plants can help get rid of cigarette odor and nicotine tars

Even if a smoker gives up his habit, the smell and harmful substances will remain in the house for a long time. To get rid of them and improve the quality of air in the apartment will help indoor flowers.

How does it work? When plants breathe, they release moisture that binds pollution in the air, and when they absorb the air, it also becomes food for them. It’s an incredible mechanism, a win-win situation: the air is purified, the plants are fed, and humans don’t have to lift a finger to do it.

How the ability of plants to purify the air was discovered

In the 1970s, when there was an energy crisis in the United States, scientist B.K. Wolverton looked for mechanisms that are responsible for the self-recovery of ecology.

In those years, the demand for sealing the walls of rooms to reduce heat loss increased and Sick Builder’s Syndrome, characterized by red inflamed eyes and breathing problems, became widespread.

The syndrome was caused by the use of synthetic materials and unstable organic compounds in finishes, and the insufficient air circulation and lack of air purification mechanisms aggravated the situation.

Wolverton’s work with plants

Wolverton’s first successes came when he learned that marsh plants independently neutralize a mixture of defoliants and herbicides found in the local waters of NASA’s test center. The scientist then took up the issue of air purification as well. In a 1989 report, he stated, “If mankind is forced to move to a closed environment – on Earth or in space – it will need to take with it a life-sustaining system from nature. That system is plants.

In his widely popular book, How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Indoor Plants That Will Clean Up Your Home or Office, Wolverton details which plants are most effective at neutralizing toxins and what care is required for each.

Plants to clean the air of tar and tobacco odor

The group of leaders in air quality improvement includes:

The best plants for cleaning the air from tar

  • philodendron,
  • chlorophytum,
  • common ivy,
  • spatifillium,
  • aglaonema,
  • chamedorrhea,
  • scindapsus.

Champions in the fight against formaldehyde are nephrolepsis, date palm, ivy, chamedorrhea and ficus bendjamina.

Gerbera and ivy will also clean the air from benzene, another component of cigarette smoke. Gerbera will also neutralize trichloroethylene found in ink, solvents, and paint.

Chrysanthemums are useful in the task of absorbing carbon dioxide.

Financial gain

Compare the cost of plants to expensive devices. Natural air purifiers require no electricity and liven up the interior. Many of the plants on this list are completely undemanding and are willing to do the job for years for a small fee in the form of watering, dusting and timely replanting.

Studies have also proven that houseplants have a positive effect on the psyche of houseplants, and some of them even speed up recovery.