It’s obviously no secret I love houseplants. One of million the reasons I love them is because many of them have the ability to clean the air of toxins!
When I found out about the NASA Clean Air Study, I researched specific air purifying houseplants and bought several of them. My favorites right now are the Snake Plant and the Spider Plant.
These are some of my favorite houseplants that clean air in your apartment, home, office, or anywhere!
Pictured below is my Spider Plant. I just recently re-potted him into a hanging planter and I am debating whether to put him in the sun room, our bedroom, or the bathroom. Regardless, did you know that Spider Plants have the ability to clean the air??
My Favorite Air Purifying Houseplants
English Ivy in your house is great for reducing airborne particles. They are great houseplants for your bathroom because they need a lot of water and will enjoy the humidity. English Ivy is native to the woods, so they will thrive in bright (but filtered lighting) or consistent low-light. Ivy does not like temperature changes and will need occasional pruning. Contrary to popular belief, ivy is not easy to take care of because they do not like temperature changes, need occasional pruning, regular misting, and repotting every 2 years or so.
These plants have the color variations of a snake and are also know as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.” They are perfect plants for the bedroom because they are low-maintenance and give off oxygen making it easier to breathe at night. Snake Plants are incredible air filters and will remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. They are easy to take care of – seriously, they are nearly indestructible. If you are a serial houseplant killer, I highly recommend getting Snake Plant! (I also recommend you check out my #stopkillinghouseplants posts)
Spiderplants are non-toxic to animals and great for reducing toxins in your home or office. They love humidity so they thrive in bathrooms. If you are noticing the ends of the leaves turning brown, give it a tad more water or move it to a location with higher humidity (such as the above mentioned bathroom). Another reason the tips of the leaves are turning brown is because there may be too much fluoride in your tap water; just simply trim off the brown tips and switch to distilled water.
Aloe Vera is another great houseplant for purifying the air. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Like other succulents, Aloe needs well draining soil, lots of sunlight, and time to rest during the winter.
The Madagascar Dragon Tree is another excellent option for purifying because it reduces benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air in your office, home, or apartment. These spiky-looking, beautiful plants will grow slowly but can get up to 6ft tall. They should be kept in a room with a tall ceiling and a reasonable amount of sunlight; I have mine in our gym. The older leaves will start dying and peeling off at the base – do not worry, this is how it sheds leaves for new growth. This plant is toxic animals. Cats love to nibble on them because the leaves are so narrow it resembles grass.
Another option you have for air purifying houseplants is the Chinese Evergreen. These all green varieties are great plants for beginners because they can thrive in low-light. The varieties with white or pale yellow markings will need more light. You can mist the leaves regularly, so you can prevent them from turning brown. Once again, the bathroom is a great location for these plants because they love humidity. I personally think they look awesome in hanging planters.
Gerbera Daises are great plants for cleaning toxins such as Benzene from the air. Breathing in Benzene has been linked with leukemia. The chemical can enter your home from vehicle exhaust or fumes from glues, solvents, paints, and art supplies. They are beautiful and come in a variety of colors. They love lots of light and should be placed in a windowsill. The soil should be kept moist but drained well at the same time because they can easily get root-rot if overwatered.
Houseplants are an excellent way to purify the air and I can’t wait for you to add some to your apartment, home, office, or any other location!
Go Buy Yourself Some Air Purifying Houseplants!
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