With modern homes becoming more insulated, the risk of trapping air pollutants constantly grows, and chemicals such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene can contaminate your home’s atmosphere and you wouldn’t even see them coming.
Air pollution in your homes can cause a serious health hazard for you as it can trigger allergies, asthma, and illnesses, give you recurring headaches, and even affect your digestive system.
Luckily, however, the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) carried out the NASA Clean Air Study in which it found that specific plants can be quite effective in cleansing the air.
NASA claims that there are actually many plants that absorb detrimental air particles and release fresh oxygen. Such plants will not only purify your air, but also save you hundreds of dollars on costly appliances and even serve as decoration.
Below are some of the most common ways homes can become contaminated.
• Carpets (especially new carpets)
• Foam insulation materials
- Harmful chemicals in household cleaners
• Glues and Adhesives
• Pressed-wood products (plywood, particle board, and medium-density fiberboard)
Below are 10 of the most effective plants that will rid your air of unwanted pollutants and add a touch of elegance in your home.
The Best Air Filtering House Plants
1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Although the Spider Plant needs plenty of natural light, it shouldn’t be exposed to too much direct sunlight. It grows fast, can flourish in any place and requires minimal watering (about twice a week).
People put the Spider Plant near a fireplace or in the kitchen where carbon monoxide can accumulate.
2. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
According to NASA, this is the most potent plant for getting rid of formaldehyde. It is an exceptionally resilient and hard-to-kill plant and quite effective in eliminating carbon monoxide too.
3. Dracaena (Dracaena Deremensis)
This plant can grow with ease indoors as it requires only small amounts of sunlight and water. The plant can grow up to at least 10 feet, but trimming it every once in a while should keep it in check.
Dracaena is quite effective in eliminating trichloroethylene which comes from solvents and varnishes.
4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The Peace Lily is a decorative plant with specific white flowers and is among the most moisturizing plants on the list.
It is effective in eliminating, benzene, alcohols, acetone, and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere. However, keep in mind that the plant is highly toxic and make sure it is out of reach of children and pets.
5. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Many people keep snake plant in their bedrooms, or any carpeted room for that matter, as it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It doesn’t require much maintenance and filters formaldehyde that is released by your carpets and wooden furniture.
6. Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)
Due to its appealing look and strong cleansing ability, this subtropical plant which resembles a small tree will be suitable for your home or office.
It filters out xylene – the chemical substance released from paints, cigarettes, and car exhausts – and requires very little maintenance. You can train it to grow into a braid and that way it will have a stronger cleansing effect.
7. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exalta Bostoniensis)
The Boston fern is an excellent air humidifier and effective against formaldehyde. The span of its large ferns can reach as much as 5 feet so it really takes just one plant to make an impact.
8. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
Unlike most of the plants on this list, the Lady Palm needs plenty of water during spring and summer, but it pays off as it is quite repellent to insects. Its thick green leaves are believed to effectively filter out many indoor contaminants.
9. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
English Ivy is especially suitable for pots as it is invasive and will spread fast.
Studies have found that English Ivy is especially effective against airborne fecal-matter particles, but is also great for a family with smokers as it absorbs carcinogens from the smoke. It can adapt in different conditions and requires minimal care.
10. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The Bamboo Palm, according to NASA, eliminates benzene and trichloroethylene and serves an air humidifier. It is small, resilient to insects, and requires little sunlight and can perfectly fit in the small, shady corners of your home