Outdoor air pollution isn’t the biggest offender. Indoor air is much more stagnant and has been shown to be even more polluted than outdoor air in some places. Some of the common toxins emissions come from paint, plastics, cleaning solutions, a lot of building materials and more. It is very important to have good indoor air quality, especially since many of us spend so much time inside, whether is that at home or in the office.
Luckily, according to a NASA study there are some powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove toxins and refresh air and you.
Bellow you’ll find the common and botanical name (along with a corresponding photo) of 6 houseplants that laboratory tests have been shown to be particularly adept at absorbing toxins through their leaves (and obviously increase oxygen levels).
6 Best Plants for Filtering Indoor Air!
1. PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum)
According to NASA this beautiful plant with gentle white flowers removes all three types of common VOCs – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene which can be a byproduct of paints, chemical-based cleaners or even personal care products.
Notes: Peace Lilies are easy to care for. They do well in shade and cooler temperatures but require watering in order to survive and produce blooms.
2. LADY PALM (Rhapis Excelsa)
This is one of the best plants to improve indoor air. It removes most of the pollutants such as: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and ammonia.
Notes: This beautiful pieces of a fan palm can do exceedingly well indoors under the right conditions. It thrives in sunny places and it doesn’t require a lot of water so it’s quite easy to grow at home this decorative plant. It will only grow to about 6 feet in height.
3. BAMBOO PALM (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Bamboo Palm is a beautiful and colorful plant. As proven by NASA, removes formaldehyde and benzene. It also acts as a natural humidifier.
Notes: Bamboo palm is a popular plant and it’s easy to care for. It requires a lot of watering, especially during winter months when the air is drier because of the heating systems. It also requires bright light.
4. SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
It’s also called “Mother in Law’s Tongue. It battles toxins like nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
Notes: At night it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen (a reversal of the process most plants undergo), you can’t go wrong if you place it in your bedroom. You’ll have a slight oxygen boost while you sleep. It doesn’t require regular watering and tolerates low light.
5. SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum comosum)
This decorative house plant with beautiful, long grassy leaves is just another plant of the NASA list. It is very effective at fighting pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
Notes: Spider plant it doesn’t need too much maintenance. It does well as a hanging or cascading plant. It is so resilient that even if you want to kill it you’ll have a hard time.
6. ALOE VERA (Aloe Barbadesis)
Not only can soothe sunburns, stings and cuts, it can help you monitor the air quality in your home or office. Aloe helps clear formaldehyde and benzene.
Notes: It’s an easy-to grow plant. It needs lots of sun and well-drained soil. Just like Snake Plant, it actually releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night.