Are you looking to purify your home’s air with the best air cleaning houseplants?
As the world becomes more populated our daily air we breathe becomes more and more overran by fossil fuels, smog, and other dangerous gases.
Many of us use different types of air purifiers inside our homes to help remove these toxins.
Today I am going to show you my favorite natural way to remove toxins from your home. With Air-Cleaning Houseplants!
Not only are plants great at helping to get rid of air pollution, but they are also a great decorating secret for bringing life to a room.😉
The Science Behind The Harmful Toxins
According to the NASA Clean Air Study, we have a better understanding of which house plants are the most effective in eliminating air toxins.
- Benzene: Is a colorless chemical that is highly flammable and mainly used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers.
- Formaldehyde: A colorless gas found in household products. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritation.
- Xylene: A highly flammable liquid found in cleaning agents, varnish & gasoline.
- Toluene: A liquid often found in paint thinners, nail polish, & rubber.
- Ammonia: A colorless gas that is highly irritating and has a suffocating odor.
P.S. If you don’t want to lose these wonderful air-purifying plants, You can easily pin them to your Pinterest!
10 of the Best Air-Cleaning Houseplants
1. Snake Plant
This slithering plant, also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue, helps to remove over 100 different air toxins, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, & xylene.
If you are wondering if you’ll be able to keep this plant alive long enough for it to do its job, don’t worry, this plant is perfect for beginner gardeners.
All you have to do is make sure not to overwater it. This plant is great for your bedroom, mainly due to the fact that during the nighttime it produces and discharges large amounts of oxygen.
2. Cooktown Orchid
If you are looking for natural ways to rid your environment of toxic xylene, you now have an excuse to add some Orchids to your room.
Most people have heard that Orchids are very difficult to tend to. This is, however, nothing but a myth. This type of Orchid will bloom very easily during the spring season.
In order for your orchid to grow to its full potential, it’s advised to let them grow directly under bright light, ideally the sun. And don’t forget to water your orchid weekly, as this will also help the plant grow to its full potential.
3. Bamboo Palm
If you have pets living with you in your home, then the Bamboo palm might be the perfect plant for you. If your pet was to accidentally take a bite of out the Bamboo palm, no worries, because this plant is non-toxic.
This plant requires minimal tending to and can grow pretty big. The bamboo palm can grow anywhere between 4-12 feet tall and 3- feet wide. You only have to water the bamboo palm when it’s dry.
Sidenote: Be sure not to overwater it, leaving water sitting in the plant.
This plant will purify your air by ridding your home toxins such as Xylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Benzene.
These guys can grow pretty big (between four and 12 feet high) making them absolute formaldehyde filtering machines. They make great indoor additions as they are pet-friendly and are one of the few air cleaners that love a good dose of full sunlight.
4. Areca Palm
The Butterfly aka The Areca Palm can grow up to six to eight feet tall, making it a great plant for larger rooms.
Non-toxic to pets, The Areca Palm is a top tier plant for removing harmful toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home.
When it comes to looking after an Areca Palm, they need to be water a few times throughout the week (mainly during the summer season) and require fairly bright light.
5. Boston Fern
You can hang this big bushy plant from the ceiling or place it on a shelf and let its leaves drip over the edge.
However you choose to decorate your room with this plant, ferns are great at removing most common airborne toxins.
If you live in an area that becomes dry during the winter, Boston Ferns are great for combating that by raising indoor humidity.
Types of toxins this plant removes: formaldehyde & xylene.
6. Peace Lily
Know as the symbol for sympathy, the Peace Lily is a beautiful addition to any room. Ridding your home of air toxins such as benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene, beware that the Peace Lily is very toxic to dogs and cats!
The Peace Lily thrives in humid climates and requires a weekly watering. Be on the lookout for drooping leave, this is a sign that your Peace Lily needs to be watered.
Unlike other plants, this plant does not need a light of sunlight. Too much light will cause its leaves to turn brown or yellow. If you start to notice this happening, move it into a more shaded area.
7. English Ivy
These plants love a party. They love to grow together in small pots. When it comes to decoring a room, I recommend this plant. They look great hanging up.
Unlike the previous plants we have covered, The English Lily requires more maintenance. They prefer low light. During the winter is when you will have to keep an eye out and make sure its soil is moist. This plant also needs a good amount of watering.
8. Spider Plant
Don’t let the name scare you away from getting this lovely plant. The Spider Plant is a great plant for people who are new to tending to plants.
They do not require a lot of light but during the summer season, they do need to be water quite often.
They are great at removing toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene. If you have pets, this plant is also non-toxic.
9. Lily Turf
The Lily Turf is great for increasing the oxygen levels in your home and removing toxins such as ammonia.
If you have emphysema or asthma this plant is a great choice to have around.
When it comes to taking care of the Lily Turf, it needs its soil to stay moist so it can thrive.
10. Aloe Vera
Most people know aloe vera as an anti-inflammatory agent used to improve your skin and to heal wounds.
But Aloe vera is also a great plant to have around your home to help purify the air. Aloe Vera is great at removing toxins such as Benzene & Formaldehyde.
This tough plant can withstand a lot, they are great for newbies.
They really do great in warm, well-lit rooms. This plant doesn’t require you to water it that often (they can go months without water!). Be sure to keep them away from your pets, as they are toxic.
How To Fully Purify Your Room
When it comes to purifying your room, the more plants you have the merrier. NASA recommends that you have about 2 plants for every 100 sqft in the room.
Also, keep in mind, the larger the surface area of the leaves on the plant, the better the plant is when purifying the air in the room. NASA says that Ivy & fern plants are the best, due to the fact that they up a lot of surface area.
A Breath Of Fresh Air
As you can see, its not a hard sell on adding a nice touch of greeny to your home. Toxins in the air is a serious problem that affects us all. But now you have the tools to naturally rid the air in your home of these toxins with these best air-cleaning houseplants.
Sidenote: If you have pets and you are looking to add a plant that we did not cover and want to be sure it’s nontoxic, the ASPCA has an online database you can use to verify.
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