Houseplants are all great natural indoor air purifiers, but some are especially effective for improving indoor air quality. Here are seven houseplant varieties that are ideal for cleaning your home’s air.
- English ivy. This vine is easy to care for and helps prevent mold from growing in your home. Keep it happy by providing it with four hours of direct sunlight each day and keeping its soil moist.
- Rubber tree plant. Rubber tree plants have been shown to remove formaldehyde from the air, a chemical found in cleaning products. They’re easy to care for and help remove airborne toxins. Wipe the leaves down with a moist cloth for optimal air-purifying powers.
- Lemon button fern. Ferns are shown to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. The lemon button variety is great for winter because it also boosts air humidity.
- Areca butterfly palm tree. This plant is so good at filtering air that NASA declared it the best purifying plant in 1989.
- Peace lily. This beautiful plant not only produces gorgeous flowers, but also removes a whole host of toxins from the air including benzene, formaldehyde, tri-chloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia. It also fights airborne mold that aggravates allergies.
- Snake plant. These plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from the air and are highly popular so you can find one at most nurseries and garden centers.
- Philodendron. These air-purifying plants are easy to maintain which makes them a great choice for anyone without a green thumb.
By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News.