It’s possible to filter your indoor air with the right air purifying plants. The results are so proven that even NASA has concluded that the plants you choose for you home make a difference. Here are some of the best plants that will go to work making your indoor environment cleaner.
1. Peace Lily
One popular choice for an indoor houseplant is a Peace Lily. It’s a pretty plant even when it’s not blooming, and its flowers are pure white and can be very stunning against the dark green leaves.
Peace lilies can help keep your air free of ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, making it one of the most comprehensive indoor plants you can choose.
Poor indoor air quality is a common problem, and taking the simple step of adding an indoor plant like this is one way to clean it up.
2. Rubber Plant
An ant may need high hopes to lift a rubber tree plant, and with the larger ones you may want to enlist the help of a friend to move it to a new location, but it’s worth the effort.
There are many different subspecies of rubber plant, and each one will have similar benefits, so you can choose the one that looks best to you. The oxygen output of a rubber plant is higher than most other indoor plants, allowing it to purify more air in less time.
3. Bamboo Palm
This is one of the best plants to have in your home thanks to its ability to remove toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. They can get pretty big if you keep repotting them, so they can fill up some unused space in your home as well.
You’ll want to have a Bamboo Palm in your home if you live in a climate with harsh winters. It will help to restore some of the moisture that tends to dry up thanks to indoor heating units. They’re also good at removing formaldehyde, which could be making you sick.
4. Chinese Evergreens
One way to get rid of benzene and formaldehyde in your home is to purchase a Chinese Evergreen plant. They are thought to bring good luck and were used as decoration in Asian countries long before they made it west.
The longer you keep your Chinese Evergreen in your home, the better it will do at removing indoor toxins. That’s incentive enough to keep this plant as long as possible, and when they’re this easy to care for it’s not too hard to do.
5. Broadleaf Lady Palm
You’ll want to make sure you have enough room for this plant, as it can grow very tall, but will take several years to reach its full height. This is a plant that has been cultivated for indoor use, and is relatively easy to take care of.
While it didn’t show an ability to filter out benzene or trichlorethylene, Broadleaf Lady Palm did prove to be effective at soaking up formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.
6. Spider Plant
Spider plants are a very popular choice for an indoor plant, and their popularity only grew when studies confirmed just how good it is at freshening indoor air. They excel at removing formaldehyde, as well as xylene and toluene from the home or office.
Spider plants get along just fine indoors, and their easy care means you’ll have a large margin for error, making them a good choice if you this will be one of your first indoor plants.
7. Creeping Lilyturf
Despite the somewhat unattractive name, Creeping Lilyturf is an evergreen plant that will look great in your home all year long, while protecting you from indoor contaminants such as formaldehyde and ammonia.
Although you’ll often see this used as an outdoor plant, it thrives indoors as well and doesn’t require much in the way of upkeep. It has a sprawling nature, hence the name, and can require a big berth, often growing wider than it is tall. It produces lavender-colored flowers that will brighten your day in the summer and fall.
8. Devil’s Ivy
Don’t let the name fool you, this plant is an angel for its ability to make the air in your home more breathable. It takes care of at least four different toxic substances that could be in your home.
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