For a healthier home, houseplants are the ultimate decorating accessory, while looking pretty they also clean the air space of harmful pollutants, naturally. Studies have shown that just a few specific houseplants throughout your living space can rid your home of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene. Most people don’t realize the air quality inside our homes can often be worse than outside our homes.
Here are just 10 of the many houseplants that can improve your indoor air quality.
1. Aloe (Aloe Vera)
Aloe Vera ~ A sun loving succulent that is used for burns to the skin and is also know for removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air, which can be found in paint and cleaning products.
2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)
Gerbera Daisy ~ Not only is this flowers pretty, it absorbs carbon dioxide and at night gives off oxygen. NASA has reported this plant removes benzene, a cancer causing chemical. It also removes trichloroethylene, which can be found in dry cleaning. The Gerbera Daisy loves light.
3. Mother-in-Law Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)
Mother-in-Law Tongue ~ It is a wonderful houseplant because it requires little light and loves steamy humid conditions, perfect for a bathroom. It is know as the very best plant to rid your home of formaldehyde which can be found in toilet paper & cleaning products.
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Spider Plant ~ This hearty plant is the perfect choice for the non-green thumb person. NASA has said this plant ranks among the top 3 houseplants for removing formaldehyde in the air. It is also known for removing carbon monoxide. A perfect plant to hang in the garage ( as long as it receives some light).
5. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)
Chrysanthemum (Mum) ~ With so many color choices the Mum can blend into any decor. It is effective for removing benzene, a carcinogen (a known cancer causing substance). , which can be found in plastics, glue, paints, cigarettes, and some detergents. Mums love lots of water and partial sun light.
6. Pothos ( Scindapsusaures)
Pothos ~ This fast growing plant is powerful against formaldehyde, toluene, and other toxins in the air. Pothos is the perfect choice to put in a area with low lighting and cooler temperatures. This is also a good choice to place in the garage.
7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace Lily ~ This is one of my favorite indoor plants. I just love the dark green foliage against the bloom of the stark white flower. The Peace Lily aids in the removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It has the ability to remove many pollutants and it has topped NASA list to be among houseplants for removing all 3 common VOCs. The Peace Lily like indirect lighting.
8. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English Ivy ~ Besides looking great planted in baskets with other plants. A study has shown that the English Ivy plant reduces airborne fecal-matter. It also aids in ridding the air of formaldehyde.
9. Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Oxycardium)
Heart Leaf Philodendron ~ This plant is a defender against many different VOCs, particularly against formaldehyde from particleboard. **This plant is very toxic, keep away from children and pets.
10. Phaeleonopsis Orchids
Phaeleonopsis Orchids ~ This plant rids the air of xylene, a pollutant found in glues and paints. They also give off oxygen in the evening so they are an excellent plant to have in the bedroom.
Always check to see which plants are safe to have around children and pets.