In general, one of the most effective and natural ways to deal with bad indoor air quality is houseplants. The reason is that these special plants can filter out certain amount of harmful compounds such as formaldehyde and benzene in the indoor air, therefore, make it much fresher and healthier for you to breathe in.
10 houseplants improve home air quality that recommended for you
However, the problem is that there are a lot of different types of houseplants out there and you may not know what to choose for your home. But don’t worry because I can help you, actually, I will give you 10 best houseplants which are highly recommended to improve indoor air quality.
More importantly, almost all of these houseplants are commonly found at your local home improvement store or florist. Furthermore, they are not very difficult for you to grow so you don’t even need very high skills to grow them. Everything you need is just to choose one of several which you like and then learn some basic rules to take care of the plants.
Here is the list for you:
1. Boston Fern
This is a very popular houseplant and it is useful because of its beauty as well as healthy benefits. In details, this plant acts as a humidifier and can help you to restore moisture in the indoor air. Therefore, it is a perfect choice for people who have to suffer from dry skin or any other cold weather problem.
Additionally, Boston Fern can also help you to eliminate traces of formaldehyde and it can look quite beautiful hanging from baskets somewhere in your home. Remember to place your plant in an area where it can be exposed to direct sunlight as well as mist its leaves with water frequently.
2. English Ivy
The English Ivy plant is another good option for anyone who has pets in their home. The reason is that it can help you reduce the amount of fecal matter around the indoor air. Besides, this plant can easily absorb formaldehyde, which is usually found in some home- cleaning products, carpeting or furniture treatments. Researches have shown that placing an English Ivy plant on your desk can provide you better concentration since it can absorb trace amounts of benzene, a chemical found in office equipment.
3. Peace Lily
Generally, the Peace Lily is a beautiful plant and it can improve the indoor air quality by as much as 50- 60 %. By absorbing mold spores through its leaves and circulating them to the roots where they are used as food, the Peace Lily can help you reduce the levels of mold spores growing in your home.
That’s why I want to advise you to place this plant in your bathroom. The plant can help you keep the shower curtains and tiles absolutely free from mildew. Furthermore, it can also absorb harmful vapors from acetone and alcohol.
4. Aloe Vera
Overall, the main reason why so many people like Aloe Vera is its special healing ability. Specifically, the gel inside its leaves is very beneficial to heal your cuts and burns. But more importantly, this plant is also a great choice for you to improve the indoor air quality. Moreover, it’s quite easy to grow and hard to kill for those of you who do not possess a green thumb, and obviously, this one can help you keep your home free from benzene.
Generally, the Eucalyptus plant has been used widely for all kinds of ailments. However, the only problem is that it can be a little bit more difficult for you to find the houseplant form. But once you can find one, just add it to your own home immediately.
The leaves of this plant are filled with tannins that can raise healthy fluid in your body’s air passages. Maybe you don’t believe this but breathing in the scent generated from this plant only can actually help ward off colds as well as lower congestion.
6. African Violets
This houseplant is purple in color and honest. I love purple so this is one of my favorite houseplants. In details, many studies have shown that just gazing at this plant can help you to stimulate the release of adrenaline and increase the oxygen flow to your brain. Therefore, it can make it easier for you to relax.
Besides, the plant is quite small and easy for you to take care of even though it prefers direct sunlight. However, artificial light is okay so this can grow everywhere in your home. Especially when you don’t have access to direct sunlight.
7. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen is able to help you get rid of air pollutants from your home and it is also very easy to grow. If you don’t know, this one can produce tiny red berries which are really attractive and can help remove toxins from the indoor air. In brief, the longer you keep the plant, the more toxins it can remove.
One thing I’m sure about this plant is that it has beautiful flowers which you can commonly find at most floral shops or nurseries. The beautiful flower color alone already makes me feel like choosing this one for my home. However, it’s not everything you receive from this plant.
In fact, it can also offer you great benefits to the indoor air quality. Specifically, it can help you to filter out benzene, which is usually found in household detergents or paints and some glue products. Furthermore, Chrysanthemum prefers direct sunlight and it can work well as a hanging plant near your windows
9. Ficus/Weeping Fig
Although the ficus or weeping fig is a plant in Southeast Asia, when it grows indoors, it becomes a hardy plant which ends up being between 2 and 10 feet tall. So why don’t you get figgy with this one right now? Everything you have to remember is to grow this low-maintenance houseplant in bright but indirect light, and let the soil dry out until your next watering.
10. Spider plant
This plant is very popular because there is nothing difficult for you to grow it. Within only 2 or 3 days, this plant can completely remove up to 90 % of the toxins in the indoor air. The leaves also grow quickly so that they can help the plant absorb many harmful substances like mold or other allergens. Therefore, if you or someone in your family already have allergies, especially common dust allergies, just grow this houseplant. Last but not least, just like many others, this one can absorb small traces of carbon monoxide as well as formaldehyde.