Not only do indoor plants cheer up a space, some varieties can even help remove pollutants from the air! Unfortunately, a variety of household and consumer products contain ingredients that create noxious gases that can build up in an enclosed space. During the colder months, when we can’t open the windows as much to get fresh air, we are exposed even more to these chemicals and gases. Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene and Ammonia are all such irritants. The good news is that certain types of easy to grow indoor plants are capable of cleaning the air and adding them to our living spaces can make our homes much healthier.
This one’s a no brainer when it comes to choosing plants for the home since they are incredibly easy to grow and they provide relief for sunburn and skin irritation. On top of that, they produce a good amount of oxygen and are champs at filtering formaldehyde.
The best choice for fighting formaldehyde is the Boston fern. Although drought tolerant (for those of us who are forgetful waterers), the fern thrives in humid conditions so it’s a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms.
Many cleaning products contain chemicals that irritate our lungs. The peace lily does a great job of ridding the air of these pollutants and it produces beautiful white flowers. Bonus!
If someone in your home suffers from asthma, benzene can be a real threat and trigger attacks. English ivy is the one of the best choices among indoor plants for filtering benzene out of the air.
NASA did a Clean Air Study in which they named the spider plant as one of the best houseplants for air purification. The link will also give you some other indoor plants they found to be effective at filtering the air. Spider plants are great option for the frugal among us as they sprout many babies or offshoots which enables you to fill your home without spending a lot of cash.