It’s Time To Breathe – Plants For Cleaner Air That Will Look Good In Your Home


The modern world with the pollution problems is becoming a real challenge. If you live in a big city, you know what the air is like. More often than not it’s smelly and not so nice to breath in.

But can we do something about it?

In 1989 NASA published its Clean Air Study (the report formally is called “Interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement”, you can find the full report here. If you don’t have time to go through 30 pages of a scientific document, the Wikipedia link for the study is here.)

By not going too much into detail, the key points are the following:

  • House plants absorb carbon dioxide;
  • They release oxygen through photosynthesis;
  • Some plants remove organic natural pollutants (benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene were tested).

The study suggested that efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of space.

The benefits of having plants in you home are proven. Check.

The Top 10 Plants For Clean Air At Home

1. Flamingo Lily (Anthurium): This is one of the best air purifying plants out there. It has a beautiful red heart-shaped flower. The colors are red and different shades of red. Make sure this plant has enough of light but not direct sun light for its comfort. It removes toxins such as benzene, xylene and formaldehyde.

2. Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens): Areca palm is a very widely used plant for the purpose of purifying air. The palm in the picture is just illustrative. You can purchase a very nice plant that will fit in your living room. This plant requires sufficient sunlight, so make sure you don’t put it in the darkest corner of the room. Areca palm cleans the air from xylene, toluene and formaldehyde. Check out this palm on Amazon here.

3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Mauna Loa): The Peace Lily is a magnificent and beautiful plant with dark green leaves and white flowers. This plant is very easy to care for and it requires medium to low light. Peace Lily best removes toxins such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

4. English Ivy (Hedera Helix): This one – the English Ivy – is a bit different plant compared to the others. It’s super climber and can climb almost any surface. And you better put it in a shady and moist location where it will grow like a charm. Best purifies the air from benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata): These are one of the most accessible house plants. Only thing you need to make sure when having Boston Fern is to provide them with extra humidity – always check their soil. If it feels dry, water it a bit. Boston Fern deals with xylene, toluene and formaldehyde. For the best performance having two plants per 100 sq.ft. is recommended.

6. Money Plant (Epipremnum Aureum): Do you want to invite money, prosperity and good luck to your home? It is believed that Money Plant attracts them. And not only that – it also purifies the air and it deals with toxins such as xylene, benzene and formaldehyde. This plant needs sufficient water, so make sure the soil is not super dry. This plant is also sometimes called Devil’s Ivy because it is relatively hard to eradicate it.

7. Snake Plant (Sansevieria): Super easy plant to take care of. Snake Plant can survive low levels of light, it can survive drought and even the insects aren’t a problem. This plant can help to clean the air in your house from toxins such as xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

8. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comsom): After the Snake Plant comes the Spider plant. When looking at the picture you can probably guess how the Spider Plant got its name (if you really push it, indeed, it looks sort of like a spider). This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions so it’s not particularly difficult to take care of it. It cleans the air from toxins such as xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.

9. Cornstalk Dracaena (Dracaena Fragrans): Cornstalk isn’t too picky about the light conditions – it can grow in medium light just as well as in low light conditions. An interesting fact is that the lower the sunlight, the narrower the leaves of the plant. Also, if the plant is in durect sunlight, the light will bleach the leaves. Cornstalk removes pollutants from air such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

10. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina): The Weeping Fig is a tree that grows slowly but eventually can reach 10 ft indoors. But don’t worry, you can control the plants height by pruning tall branches. Have this beautiful plant in your home to help you get rid of air pollutants such as xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.

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