The 10 Best Air Cleaning Plants For Your Home
Like decorative objects, houseplants are inexpensive ways to quickly change up a room while adding personality, a vibrant element from nature, and working to clean the air. Since there are 1000's of varieties and sizes, it doesn't necessarily take a green thumb when you've found the best plants that require little to no maintenance and have placed them accordingly. With the change of season in mind, we've culled savvy suggestions from Décor Aid interior designers on sourcing the 10 best air-purifying plants for your home.
When shopping for smart house plants, all it takes is knowing which ones work with which light so they can be placed throughout your home with the confidence that they will have a long lifespan. And with an inspiring selection of pots, planters, and vases easily available at all price points in every shape and size imaginable, plants are one of the most basic yet essential ways to upgrade every room in your home.
Popular as of late thanks to their dramatic scale and low-maintenance care, rubber plants are fantastic at removing toxins including formaldehyde from air found in cleaning supplies and furniture. For optimal air purification, open the pores of a Rubber Plant with the swipe of a damp paper towel every so often.
Lush and full of character, Ferns are known for removing airborne pollutants including formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene, and can even combat winter by increasing indoor humidity.
With a NASA seal of approval for its ability to remove formaldehyde from an indoor environment, it’s no wonder that Arecas are considered to be one of the most powerful air-purifying plants.
Strikingly beautiful, studies show that a Peace Lily filters benzene, formaldehyde, tri-chloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air in any room. Toxins that can cause headaches, respiratory problems, and an increased risk of cancer. A Peace Lily can also reduce and remove airborne mold that sparks allergies and asthma symptoms.
Popular houseplants for the past century as they evoke a rugged sense of Americana, snake plants are easy to care for and can remove pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from the air. Plus you can boil the leaves to make a holistic ointment to treat pain and irritation on the skin.
Philodendrons are seriously easy to manage and they’ll work to free air of formaldehyde and xylene, a toxin found in glue and leather.
Another easy to manage air-purifying plant, Bamboo Palms grow super tall when they have full access to sunlight, lending a room a striking natural element while freeing it of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Easy to care for and loaded with striking visual appeal, an aloe vera plant performs triple duty as it is fortified with a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and others that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits, and is known to remove formaldehyde from air.
Place this low-maintenance plant in bright, indirect sunlight and watch it grow up to 10ft with little to no effort while working to rid the air of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
Though they’re a tad reminiscent of a day in grandma’s garden, mums are inexpensive, easy to care for and source and boast large, joyous blooms. Plus, they’re considered an air purifying champion by NASA as they remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air more effectively than any other plant.
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