The Best Air-Purifying Indoor Plants
Clean the air that you and your family breathe with these low-maintenance indoor plants. Not only will they improve your indoor air quality, but they add a lovely natural element to your home.
SNAKE PLANTS (Dracaena Trifasciata)
Snake Plants, otherwise known as Mother-In-Laws Tongue, are succulent plants that can grow up to about six feet in height. It is a low maintenance plant that is hardy and thrives on neglect. Place them in a spot somewhere where they can receive bright, even direct, light for a couple of hours a day. Be careful not to overwater as they thrive in dry conditions. Toxins removed: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, and xylene.
ENGLISH IVY (Hedera helix)
You might recognize English Ivy as the climber on many walls and trees outdoors, but NASA claims that it is the number one indoor houseplant when it comes to air purifiers. They grow well in small pots and prefer to be crowded. They look great in hanging baskets and you can even propagate them by placing the cuttings in water for just a few days. Toxins removed: formaldehyde and benzene.
CHINESE EVERGREEN (Aglaonema)
The Chinese Evergreen plant comes in many varieties and is one of the easiest indoor house plants to grow. They tolerate most conditions but thrive in well-drained soil and humid temperatures, with medium to low light conditions. It is recommended that you fertilize your Chinese Evergreen plants twice a year. Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.
BAMBOO PALM (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
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. Toxins removed: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
GARDEN MUM (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Chrysanthemums, otherwise known as disbuds or mums, are not only a great addition to a floral arrangement, but they look great in your home and are known as one of the best air purifiers around. They are among the more difficult air purifiers to grow but the payoff is beautiful colorful blooms. They enjoy good air flow, bright indirect sunlight, and watering with warm water only, making sure that they are allowed to dry fully in between drinks. Toxins removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.
SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plants are the perfect choice for newbies and those with a bad track record when it comes to plants. They thrive in indirect sunlight and survive in just about any condition (they’ve been known to survive in temperatures as low as 2 degrees). Spider Plants also send out shoots of baby Spider Plants called spiderettes. Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.
FLAMINGO LILY/FLEUR (Anthurium andraeanum)
The Flamingo Lily is the perfect plant to add a pop of color to any room and they flower 300 out of 365 days of the year. She loves bright indirect sunlight, to be watered one to two times a week, and is particularly comfortable in more humid conditions like your bathroom and kitchen. Toxins removed: Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Xylene, Toluene.
PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum)
Also known as a spathiphyllum, Peace Lilies are easy and undemanding plants to look after. Their glossy green leaves make the perfect addition to any room, especially those spots with low light. Keep them happy with a weekly water and fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote growth and those glorious white flowers. Toxins removed: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene.
LADY PALM (Rhapis excelsa)
This is a beautiful indoor plant which not only looks good but is also known for its excellent air purifying properties. Plants of Palm are very hardy in nature, adapt to diverse climatic conditions, and can be used to decorate homes or public places like businesses and shopping malls. Toxins removed: formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene.
By Vanessa C. Guzman