We all want to have a fresh and clean home. While part of it is up to us, we can put certain houseplants to keep the air in our home clean quite effectively. Fortunately, NASA’s Clean Air Study helps us discover which plants are excellent indoor air cleaners.
Filtering out pollutants and toxins in the air is extremely important. With toxins invading our body from our air, food, water, clothing, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, etc, not being aware of what we’re exposed to can raise our risks of disease.
What not many of us are aware is the fact that during the winter season the air in our homes doesn’t circulate and filter so pollutants and toxins stay in the air we breathe. Plus, by using chemical cleaning products and things like that, we are toxifying the air in our homes pretty quickly without having anything to help clean or circulate the air.
Then, you and your family breathe this air all day long. This is why it’s so important to choose all natural cleaning products as much as you can.
Whether you live in a small apartment or a big house, having clean air is of great importance. Plants are excellent for removing carbon dioxide from the air but some plants are even more powerful than that and are able to remove many other air pollutants including formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia.
This article will reveal the plants that make the best natural air filters. Plus they look great and bring positive energy into our homes.
This plant can help filter the air in your home and kitchen and neutralize the toxic chemicals released from using low-quality and toxic cleaners and detergents in your home. It’s highly recommended to use environmentally sustainable cleaners that don’t make the air in your home toxic, to begin with.
2. English ivy (Hedera helix)
Englis Ivy is another popular houseplant that helps filter airborne toxins inside your home. This plant is effective at cleaning benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. Moreover, a research found that English Ivy is able to remove up to 58 percent feces particles and 60 percent of the toxins in the air, within six hours.
3. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lily is also a great plant when it comes to removing toxins and chemicals from the air. It filters toluene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and ammonia from the air. Moreover, this plant removes mold spores from the air. However, it is important to note that this plant is mildly toxic if you ingest it. After ingesting, you may start to feel nauseous, experience difficulty when swallowing, or to feel a burning sensation in your skin or mouth. Seek medical help immediately if you start to feel any of these symptoms.
4. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
Bamboo palm is recognized as one of the best at filtering out trichloroethylene and benzene, both of which are regularly found into our living spaces. Also, the bamboo palm is a great next to pieces of furniture that may be prone to releasing formaldehyde, another toxin it can naturally handle pretty well.
5. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)
What truly makes this plant amazing is the development of its effectiveness. The more time the plant spends in our home, the more effective it becomes at removing the toxins and air pollutants. Plus, it can happily exist in even a low-light environment.
6. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
This plant is another houseplant that is known to improve the quality of your air. Nasa states that it is one of the best plants for removing airborne toxins, including nitrogen oxide, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. It is extremely resistant and only needs very little light in order to remain healthy. Besides being able to absorb toxins, the plant is great for keeping it in your bedroom because it is able to produce oxygen at night.
7. Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
The spider plant has the ability to remain healthy even under a minimal natural light. It excellently removes toxins present in the air, such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and styrene, as well as gasoline. According to researchers, just one spider plant is able to effectively purify the air in almost 200 square feet of space.
8. Rubber plant (Ficus Elastica)
Rubber plant is capable of surviving and thriving in much less light and lower temperatures than most plants. Of all Ficus plants tested, it scored the best in eliminating pollutants and toxins from the inside of homes, especially formaldehyde.
NASA recommends having between 15 and 18 of these plants in an area of 500 square feet, meaning 3 to 4 plants are enough for your home. Also, do not forget to place one of the plants in your bedroom, because you spend some time there while you sleep.