Home Plants for Improved Air Quality

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Many homeowners struggle to keep their indoor air quality fresh and pure. Luckily there is a myriad of air purifying products available in the market ranging from aerosol cans to activated carbon filters. While most of these solutions are efficient, they are not devoid of challenges. For instance, some are chemical based and unsuitable for someone suffering from asthma or allergies, while others require electrical energy for them to work.

Such challenges made people desire better air purifiers, and their solution came from nature herself. NASA identified several plants that are very effective at purifying indoor air as I've previously told you about here. The following are some of them, which you too can use in your home. They’re also a wonderful way of making your property more inviting

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a relatively easy plant to grow. The flower boasts of numerous health benefits, no surprise the Egyptians referred to it as “the plant of immortality.” For starters, it is highly effective in removing formaldehyde and benzene from your home. Moreover, this sun-loving succulent contains a gel-like clear liquid rich in enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids, all of which gives it its wound- healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.


Golden Pothos
If you are in search of a hardy plant that can help you tackle formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from your home, then the fast-growing Golden Pothos will suffice. In fact, NASA ranks it among the most efficient air purifiers. It grows impressively fast into a striking indoor decorative piece, which looks magnificent in a hanging basket. A common concern with this plant, however, is that it is poisonous and should be far from children and pets.


Snake Plant
Another great air purifier you can use is the Snake plant or the Mother-in-Law’s tongue. It is among the best filters of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene. These impurities are common in everyday household products like cleaners, toilet paper, and personal care products. The good thing about the Snake plant is that at night, it breathes in carbon monoxide, and exhales oxygen, which is highly unusual of most plants. You can, therefore, place in in your bedroom and enjoy a lovely sleep. The plant is also tough to kill since it thrives in low light and dry conditions.


Spider Plant
If you want an efficient and safe air purifier that does not require constant attention, you should try out the spider plant. It is an easy houseplant to grow, and thrives in dry soil, under cool to average room temperatures. Spider plants, also known as airplane plants, can filter harmful elements like formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Most importantly, the tiny white flowered plant is safe to have in the home even if you have children and pets.

The Garden Mum
Another indoor air purifying champion is the Garden Mum. It eliminates practically every indoor air impurities including ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene, all of which are common elements in detergents, plastics, glue, and paint. The Mum is a favorite among homeowners because it is inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors. All you have to do is place it near a window where there is direct sunlight, and its bright, colorful leaves will liven up the room.


Dracaena
The Dracaena is an excellent pick if you are searching for a reliable air filter for your home. It exists in up to forty different varieties from which you can choose. Interesting options include the Warneck dracaena and the Red-edged dracaena whose leaves can add a pop of color to your home. The plant is a common sight in homes and offices and can help you to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde. However, be careful if you have kids or pets as the plant is poisonous.


English Ivy
Even though the English Ivy is an aggressive invader, which threatens any nearby vegetation, it is a superb air purifier. In fact, besides reliably filtering formaldehyde from the air, the plant can also reduce the amount of airborne fecal matter particles. The traditional herb grows best in moist soil and requires at least four hours of sun exposure per day.


Bamboo Palm
The Bamboo or Reed Palm has remarkable air purifying properties that enable it to filter out benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. What makes them this efficient is that they can grow up to pretty large sizes, ranging between five to twelve feet high. The palm thrives in humid environments, where there is bright indirect light. A possible location to put the plant in your home is close to furniture pieces that emit formaldehyde.


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26 comments

  1. Lovely post thank you. Unfortunately none of my house plants are listed here. I am not keen on the spider plants, but have always fancied an Aloe Vera one, so might indulge. x

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    1. Aloe vera is really a perfect plant in more ways than one!

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  2. This is a great list, and they are all beautiful! It's good to know which plants are best for indoor air. Thanks!

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  3. Very Educating post, I grew up having Aloe vera around but not anymore . thanks for this post.

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  4. I have heard that plants can purify air quality which is great news for me because of my allergies. I like the sound of the spider plant x

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    1. Ana the spider plant is one of the easiest to thrive!

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  5. Great presentation! I like having plants in my home and today i was searching Aloe Vera at the public market. I love small cactus in my office also.

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    1. Aloe vera rocks! I don't enjoy cactus for the indoors but I love them in the garden!

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  6. i have definitely heard about plants being capable of purifying air quality, but i have never gone further to research more about it. reading your detailed post makes me now want to go and get some of these plants. thanks for sharing

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  7. This is such great information. I had no idea plants can make a difference in air quality. Thanks for the article.

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  8. Beautiful picks! I have to be twice as careful because most of these are toxic to cats - so always have to be double checking everything. I love ficuses because most of them are okay for cats:) x

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    1. My cat eats everything, no matter how toxic. I am terrified about him but he just wont stop!

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  9. Great Post. I love how informative it is. Aloe Vera is so easy to maintain and great for your skin.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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    1. Yes it is! Especially in burns and bites!

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  10. I had no idea!Thank you for sharing it! I need to get more indoor plants!

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  11. Wow! I had no idea that these plants did so much. It would be nice to have a couple at home.

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    1. Get them and see the difference they make!

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  12. I don't know that the I'm all that good with plants. Although I do like them. I Do have to say that Aloe is a very hearty plant. I'm not even sure I could kill it not matter what I did.

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    1. Lol, I am sure it will be fine with you. You do such a great job with your daughter you'd be fine with a small plant!

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  13. I think it's about time I put plants indoor.It will not only improve the air quality at home, it will also have a decorative purpose.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! They are the best decorative pals one can have!

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