This article will explain just how amazing air purifying indoor house plants are, and why you should get some!
Until recently, I didn’t know just how bad low oxygenated homes, full of indoor air pollutant and dust is for you. Not only do the stale collection of indoor toxins cause potential harm over time, especially to asthma sufferers, but poor air quality also causes major impacts of our moods and mental well being.
The phrase ‘Getting a breath of fresh air’ exists for a reason, and it does make one wonder why we wouldn’t try to create the home air environment as pure and clean as possible. Too much time indoors can literally make you sick, physically and mentally, so it’s about time we did something about it.
What are we talking about when we talk about indoor air pollutants? Indoor air pollutants are mostly by products of things we use everyday, such as solvents (from perfumes, sprays, deodorants, glue, paint, cleaning products), gas and smoke by products (from fireplaces, tobacco, stoves, and furnaces etc), and also physical particles (such as dust, pet/human hair, mold spores, airborne pesticides etc). You’ll be surprised just how these indoor house plants can literally purify and clean the air.
Using indoor plants as natural air filters and detoxifies.
One study, conducted by Nasa, showed that common indoor airborne pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, & trichloroethylene were considerably lower after the introduction of house plants, especially by the ones on this list.
So in now particular order, here’s our list of the Top 10 air purifying house house plants:
1. Peace Lily
Peace lilys make incredible indoor house plants because they are fairly robust and easy to take care of. The Peace Lily is actually not a ‘true lily’ from the Liliaceae (lily) family. Which is a good thing, since true lilies are much more toxic to cats and dogs if ingested.
Peace lilys help to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene & ammonia from the air.
2. Snake Plant
It is very popular as a houseplant due to it’s tolerance of dim light levels, and it does not require a strict watering schedule.In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment!
Snake plants filter nitrogen oxides, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene & ammonia from the air.
3. Aloe Vera Plants
Due to it’s internal healing properties, mass scale agricultural production of Aloe is common place in the USA, Australia and Cuba to name a few.
Aloe is incredibly easy to grow, and often will send up extra shoots if it’s in a larger pot. Aloe alsofilters benzene & formaldahyde. You can check out our article on the amazing health benefits of Aloe Vera Here. Additionally, if you like to use Aloe Vera liquid, please check our article on the claims often made by Aloe Vera products, which are often misleading about their content.
4. English Ivy
English Ivy filters an array of toxins from the home, however, it’s typically seen growing up the side of houses, and as such, isn’t typically found inside. It grows fast and is easy to maintain, so long as it’s kept small. English Ivy was actually given the number one ranking by NASA as the very best houseplant for cleaning the air.
5. Florist’s Daisy
Sometimes known as ‘pot mum’ – the daisy filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene & ammonia.
6. Mass Cane
A hardy robust plant that filters benzene, formaldehyde, & trichloroethylene. A truly elegant house plant.
7. Gerbera Daisy
This plant is a much brighter choice than the dull green of most houseplants, and the Gerber Daisy is ideal for removing trichloroethylene that is regularly found in dry cleaning!
The Philodendron is another very attractive, simple to grow pot plant that is an ideal choice for beginners. Known for it’s ability to absorb formaldehyde in particular, if you loo after it well, it will also last you a lifetime!
If you’re looking for a house plant to light up the home, look no further! Marginata’s thin, shiny, red edged leaves of the Marginata plant are stunning. They grow incredibly slowly, so you have to be patient with them. This amazing plant is actually toxic to dogs, so might not be the best for dog owners if your dog loves to munch of your favorite things!
10. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen is a great and gorgeous house plant. It’s espescially robust and great for those that might forget to look after it! The house plant does remarkably well in full shade, and actually gets over watered in most house holds. Despite it’s easy maintenance, Chinese Evergreen is a great air purifier, filtering the main toxins: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene & ammonia.
Has anyone felt better after using indoor plants to create purer air in your home? Let us know in the comments!