Houseplants that Purify the Air in Your Home

Adding more green to your home can make it healthier. No, I don’t mean a paint color. Houseplants that purify the air in your home can add energy and vibrancy for anyone living there.

aloe veraAloe Vera

Aloe has been known to be good for the skin. the gel inside the plant is great for cuts and burns, but it can also improve your home. This sun-loving plant helps clear formaldehyde and benzene – which are commonly found in regular household cleaners and paints. This plant is perfect for a sunny window sill.

 

spider plantSpider Plant

Also known as a chlorophytum comosum, this household plant is a true survivor. With all its foliage and small white flowers, the spider plant is good at taking a bite out of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene – a solvent used in leather, rubber and printing presses.

Gerber DaisyGerber Daisy

This beautiful, bright flower certainly offers more than just décor. The plant is good at removing tricholorthylene, which can be brought into the home with dry cleaning. I like to have this plant in my living room where there is lots of light!

Best way to take care of the Gerber daisy can be found on the Jeffco Gardeners blog.

Golden PothosGolden Pothos

Another powerful plant at removing formaldehyde is this fast-growing vine. This plant goes great in a hanging basket. It would actually be best for a garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde.

Another bonus to this plant is it keeps green even if it left in the dark – which is why is it also known as the devil’s ivy.

ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum

Some more colorful flowers to brighten your home and improve your air! The blooms on this plant help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. The plant does like bright light and you will need direct sunlight to encourage buds to open!

Weeping FigWeeping Fig

I see these plants in a lot of offices and waiting rooms. They are very good at filtering out pollutants that are found in carpeting and furniture. The downfall of this plant is that it can be tricky to take care of. Water and light conditions can be tough but when it’s right this plant can last a long time

English Ivy

This plant can actually clean up stinky air – literally. It’s been proven to reduce airborne fecal matter particles. So it may be good to keep in the bathroom or by the liter box if you have a cat like me! It’s also been shown to filter formaldehyde found in household cleaners.

Chinese EvergreenChinese Evergreen

This is another easy-to-care for plant. It filters out a lot of pollutants and begins to remove toxins as time and exposure continues. This plant can also produce blooms and berries in low light.

The Houseplants-care blog has tips for taking care of Chinese Evergreens.

Peace LilyPeace Lily

This pretty plant has been recognized by NASA for removing three of the most common household toxins – formaldehyde, benzene and tricholorethylene. This plant is good for a shaded area and needs to be watered on a weekly basis.

The Houseplant Blog has a Peace lily care sheet.

For more advice on how to care for or what plants to buy for your home check out these other great blogs!

A Cup of Jo – Joanna gives a list on how to buy houseplants (once and for all)

The Top 10 Plants for Removing Indoor Toxins – Eartheasy.com gives their top 10 plants for improving indoor air quality.

What Houseplants Are Safe for Cats? – If you’re a cat owner and lover like myself this blog will come in handy. Way of Cats Blog helps provide links and lists to which houseplants are safest for cats and how to lower temptation for our feline friends.

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