Wellness

10 Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

April 9, 2015

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, our indoor air can be 2-5x more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe. Yuck! Dust mites, allergens and a multitude of toxic chemicals pollute our home air. Studies run by NASA have proven that house plants can reduce up to 85% of indoor air pollutants. Adding indoor plants is a natural and beautiful way to detoxify the air in your home. A good rule of thumb is 7-10 plants per 900 square feet. Just be sure to keep them out of reach of small children and pets.

Golden Palm

This amazing plant was not only ranked NASA’s top air purifying plant, but is also an extremely efficient air humidifier and removes household chemicals and toxins.

Aloe

This low maintenance, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal and soothe cuts and burns.

Peace Lilies

Partial sunlight and weekly watering are all this beautiful plant needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of the most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

English Ivy

This effervescent plant has been described as “a fix for allergies“ after studies showed it to remove 60% of airborne mold and 58% of airborne feces from a room after 6 hours of being brought in.

Chinese Evergreen

Even with low light, easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. It also produces blooms and red berries.

Dracanea

This striking plant grows inside easily, even without direct sunlight. Its red edges bring a pop of color and removes xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, oils, varnishes and gasoline.

Spider Plant

A good choice for those who tend to neglect houseplants, as it is quite resilient. With plenty of foliage and small white flowers, it combats benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.

Bamboo Palm

This small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It’s also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.

Golden Pothos

Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket of bookshelf.

Snake Plant

This plant thrives in low light and steamy humid conditions such as the bathroom while helping filter out air pollutants. It is also one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in garages, cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products.

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  • Reply 10 HOUSE PLANTS TO IMPROVE WELLBEING October 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

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  • Reply Heidi January 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

    This is so interesting. I had no idea (although not surprised) plants could be so detoxifying for the home. We’re excited to implement these lovelies into our new home, especially with baby girl on her way any moment now!

    • Reply Natureal Mom January 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      A new year, new baby, new home and new houseplants! Congrats!

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