10 Houseplants to Purify Indoor Air

If you’re looking for ways to improve quality of air in your home, potted plants can be an efficient way to filter the air of various toxins and pollutantsSome houseplants have the ability to remove volatile organic compounds or VOCs from the air, including formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, acetone and ammonia. A growing body of research shows that all these chemicals can cause serious health problems (you can find more information on sources of indoor air pollutants and their health effects here: http://airis.life/how-the-air-you-breathe-affects-your-health/). When plants are added to rooms, they also can help to keep a healthy level of humidity and decrease particulate matter accumulation.

Here’s our list of 10 houseplants for purifying the air in your home:

1. Snake plant (Sansevieria)

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is really easy to grow, as they can handle low light conditions and very little water. It’s a good idea to keep one of these plants in your bedroom, as they are one of only a few plants that are absorbing carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen during the night. Also you can put one in your bathroom – it will help to control the humidity. The snake plant is among the top air purifying plants for removing benzene, formaldehyde and other harmful toxins.

2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is very popular and easy to look after. It can remove harmful indoor air pollutants like carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and bad odours from the air. This plant prefers bright indirect sunlight, dry soil, and like cool to average temperatures.

3. Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)

The top air purifying plant as ranked by NASA’s research is the Areca palm or Butterfly palm. It removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and is known to act as one of the best natural humidifiers. Not only Areca palm, but other palm trees like Bamboo palm, Lady palm, Parlor palm and Dwarf Date palm are also good at removing indoor air pollutants and are relatively easy to care for.

4. Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)

The Devil’s Ivy or Money plant is very easy to grow and is highly resistant to insect infections, over-watering and tolerates a lot of neglect. This common indoor plant is one of the best plants to purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions.

5. Umbrella plant (Schefflera)

This plant is able to make air in your house cleaner even if there are smokers in the family. The Umbrella plant or Schefflera is one of the most well-known indoor plants for filtering out tobacco smoke and absorbing harmful substances that it provides.

6English Ivy (Hedera helix)

This plant is a great choice for low lighting conditions. Ivy is good at absorbing carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It also helps to lessen airborne allergens, like mold.

7. Dracaena

Red-edged dracaena and Warneck dracaena are both efficient at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home, as well as other VOCs, including benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene.

8. Aloe

There are about 250 varieties of aloe you can choose from. They are easy-to-grow plants known because of their healing abilities. But not many know that aloe also filters out byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints.

9. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

As one of the most effective indoor air purifier, the Peace Lily can benefit your house in three ways. First, it can get rid of gases exhaled by humans, such as ammonia and acetone; second, it will clean your air from benzene, trichlorethylene, and formaldehyde; and third, Peace Lilies will boost humidity in your home.

10. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

The Rubber plants excel at removing toxins from the air, requiring less light than many other plants and outperforming all other ficuses. Large leaves of this plant remove a large amount of exhaled carbon dioxide, eliminate bacteria and mold spores in the air.

Every single one of the houseplants listed above is a great tool for improving indoor air quality that at the same time can improve human health. In addition, all of them are easy to care for and looking pretty good. Just remember that several of this plants are known to be toxic. If you are a pet owner or you have small children, please check the toxicity of plants before introducing them to your home.

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