There seem to be an increase in pollutants in air and not just outside but within our homes. We are surrounded by these toxins that are slowly harming our health. However, there are certain houseplants that can help you breathe fresh air in your home and office. These plants have qualities that can significantly improve indoor air quality. Bring these beauties indoor to clean air and to add that touch of nature with its vivid colors both in your home and office.
7 Houseplants to improve indoor air quality
Here are 7 of the best air filtering houseplants out there to help you breathe fresh air inside your home and workplace.
1. Peace Lily
Peace lily helps getting rid of pollutants such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. This beautiful plant also helps to fight toluene and xylene. Besides removing the pollutants Peace Lily will fill your home with its fragrant flowers blooming throughout summer. Place the easy to grow and care peace lily in shaded area and water weekly to keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering.
2. English Ivy
The truly resourceful English Ivy is an easy to grow plant recognized by NASA as the best air-filtering houseplant. And why is that? Because out of all other houseplants, it has proven to be the most efficient in filtering formaldehyde – a toxin found in few of our household cleaning products. Plant it in pots or in hanging baskets, you can also make them grow on trellis or railing. With normal trimming you can contain its shape and size to your liking. English Ivy grows in moderate temperatures and requires medium sunlight.
3. Aloe Vera
It’s a well-known fact that the clear gel of aloe plant containing vitamins, enzymes and amino acids helps to heal cuts and soothe burns. What you may not know is that aloe vera plant also helps to improve indoor air quality. How you ask? The plant helps to clear formaldehyde and benzene, results of chemical cleaning products and paints. When the level of harmful chemicals in air rises, the leaves of aloe stat to show brown spots. Besides a sunny spot, the succulent aloe requires little care to grow.
4. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo Palm is one of the best houseplants for filtering pollutants like trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. They thrive in sunlight and can grow up to 4 – 15 feet long. They also do well in shaded spots indoors and can be placed around furniture. Water them well to be healthy and attractive. Plant these in your home or in your office to improve indoor air quality significantly.
The pretty and colorful blossoms of Chrysanthemum (also known as Garden Mum) does a fabulous job of removing ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and benzene that can be found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. The best place to keep these babies is at the spot which gets direct sunlight as they flourish in bright light. So, windows getting the most sunlight would be a great place to put them. The beautiful flowering plant is both popular and inexpensive houseplant. You can easily get this from garden stores and can be planted outside when they are done blooming and cleaning air in your living space.
6. Gerber Daisy
The light loving Gerber Daily is another beautiful set of houseplant that helps you improve indoor air quality in your home and workplace. Gerber Daisy also known as African Daisy is brightly colored flowering plant which helps you remove trichloroethylene (this one can get in your home through your dry cleaning) and benzene (can be found in inks) from indoor air. Place them in sunlit area in your laundry room, bedroom and study. With a little extra love and care,Gerber Daisy’s vibrant blooms can be encouraged all year around.
7. Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy is a great air-filtering plant. It helps to contain formaldehyde that is abundant in car exhaust. So, it’s a good idea to plant it on a hanging basket and place them in your garage. They need a little care to do fine in rooms with low sunlight, low humidity and cool temperatures. Another good thing about this climbing vine is that they remain green even in dark rooms. The cascading heart-shaped leaves of Golden Pothos from hanging basket not only add a touch of nature in your home but help you breathe fresh and clean air.
We all know that plants are good for our health, so don’t hesitate to bring a few of these houseplants to improve indoor air quality and breathe fresh air into your living space.