Indoor houseplants provide a splash of color and life to any space. But did you know they can also improve the quality of indoor air, leaving rooms purer and fresher?
According to NASA, they effectively filter potential harmful volatile organic compounds, or (VOC’s) such as benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. Formaldehyde is one of the common indoor air pollutants which is mainly released from paints, plywood, particleboards, wood polishes, and other things found in your home.
Who wouldn’t want fresher air and to add to the aesthetic beauty of their home?
It is recommended to have one houseplant per 100 square feet in order to receive the true benefits a plant has to offer your air quality, but really, can you ever have too many plants?
Aloe vera is both an antioxidant and an air purifier.
By snapping off one of the plump leaves and applying cooling gel, it can instantly relieve burns, reduce acne and blemishes, and helps naturally heal cuts and scrapes.
It is an easy, hardy succulent that requires little maintenance but loves heat and light. The NASA study found that aloe vera alone was particularly good at capturing VOC’s.
Best placed near a kitchen or bathroom window to purify fumes from cleaners.
This fern-like plant is very hard to kill, making it the perfect option for homeowners who lack a green thumb, AND it may be one of the BEST air purifying plants on the planet removing formaldehyde, toluene (found in lacquer finishes and paint thinners), ozone, and hydrocarbons from the air.
These ornamental plants prefer direct sunlight but can also thrive successfully under indirect sunlight and are a beautiful hassle-free hanging plant to add to your space even for those who neither have time or a green thumb.
Known for their sword-like leaves, this drought-tolerant, air-purifying plant is a hardy succulent and is known to remove CO2 from the air.
It thrives and can survive in low-light settings, which makes it a good choice for those who don’t have a lot of direct sunlight in their home and it’s safe for pets and looks great on the floor!
Even a beginner grower would be hard-pressed to fail. Its compelling structure adds dimension to the indoors, grabbing attention wherever the plant is grown.
Not only does this beautiful flowering plant make a statement and is known to bring good luck and health, it can also make a difference in air quality.
They are particularly beneficial when placed in a bedroom as they release oxygen at night and capture benzene, acetone, and formaldehyde.
They mostly bloom during the summer months but can grow flowers year-round.
Most known as the money plant, this common, but beautiful ivy plant is a must-have in every home!
Arguably one of the easiest houseplants to grow, Pothos are the perfect plant for beginners and an effective air purifying plant, reducing the most common air pollutants including formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene.
It is a hardy plant that can survive most extreme situations and likes to have its soil dry out completely between waterings.
With its heart-shaped, and sometimes beautifully variegated leaves, pothos is a good indoor plant year-round and grows quickly, often adding 12-18 inches of length in a month from full sun to partial shade making it the perfect, cascading houseplant!
Whether you are a long-time “plant parent” or someone who leads a busy lifestyle and this is your first foray into plant owning, it is possible to find low maintenance, indoor, air-purifying plants that are fun, fresh, easy to care for and add a delightful edge to your home spaces!
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