We are all witnessing an increased level of pollution outdoors. For a long time, we thought that our homes are safe from the presence of toxins. However, we are using so many products that emit harmful chemicals and gases. In order to have clean breathable air at home, we are going to look at an organic way of reducing pollution at home – Air-purifying indoor plants.
NASA conducted a study many years ago to find ways of improving air quality. That study involved the use of indoor plants to find out if that can be helpful. Surprisingly, there was a huge list of plants that appeared to clean and purify the air in closed spaces. This can be beneficial for our homes.
We are all looking to improve our health, right?
Let’s take a look at some of the Air-Purifying Indoor Plants
1. Areca Palm
Areca Palm happens to be one of the top-ranking air-purifier house plants. It is also one of the loved plants in the plant community because of it’s long leaves and the ability to enhance the indoor beauty of the house. Besides those factors, it can also remove harmful chemicals from your homes.
2. Rubber Plant
Formaldehyde is a known chemical that is present is some of the common household products that we use such as cleaning supplies or adhesives. Rubber Plant is highly effective in removing this chemical. People that have pets should be careful where they place it because the sap released from the plant could be poisonous.
3. Spider Plant
Spider plant has proven effective in removing over 90% of deadly chemicals from our homes that can be causing cancer. It is another beautiful hanging indoor plant that demands a slightly higher amount of light than others.
Pothos is also known as Devil’s Ivy or Money plant in some places. They come in numerous variegations that are highly attractive. Pothos can remove some of the deadly toxins such as xylene and benzene. Plus pothos has been a popular houseplant for as long as we can remember. If you don’t have one, you should get one. It’s an easy to care air-purifying houseplant.
For some reason, I think this is an under-rated plant in the indoor plant community. However, dracaena gets a 7.8 score by NASA as an air-purifying indoor plant. This plant is also one of the heartiest plants that can easily live without a lot of attention.
Plants are better.
In recent years, a lot of us are resorting to getting indoor air purifying systems installed to improve the quality of air in our homes. Well, I believe that when we can bring nature into our homes then why to get a machine. Let’s continue to look at a few more of these beauties.
6. The Boston Fern
Most of us plant lovers have a love-hate relationship with this plant. While it is not difficult to care for this one but does require special care. It will thrive in more humid and moist conditions. So the best place will be to keep in the kitchen or the bathroom. It is not only a good air filtering plant but also expels mold.
7. Peace Lily
Apart from being an excellent air-purifying indoor plant, the peace lily also produces oxygen at night. Isn’t that amazing? Peace lily can remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and carbon monoxide. It is also one of the low light requiring plants.
8. Aloe Vera
We are all aware of the antioxidant and antibacterial benefits of aloe vera. A plant that doesn’t need a lot of attention requires minimal watering and that makes it an easy to care plant. Aloe vera made it in the list of air-purifying houseplant means that this has an incredible ability to purify the air in our homes.
9. Snake Plant
Oh, guess what? Here is another one that produces oxygen at night. In the indoor plant community, we call this one a “hard to kill plant”. It can literally thrive even when you don’t pay attention. It needs less water and does well in low light conditions.
10. Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa has taken over the Instagram game to another level. Its large leaves make them perfect for interior designing with plants. Monstera is also a perfect air-purifying indoor plant that is beneficial in removing pollutants. It’s a gorgeous plant. If you are interested in learning more about Monstera deliciosa the read my blog about 10 Interesting things.
Well, here’s a list of 10 Must have air-purifying indoor plants. I prefer plants to any artificial air purifiers because of the therapeutic value they bring. All you need to is bring in one plant and see yourself becoming a plant addict. It worked for me.
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