Houseplants aren’t just there for design and living room aesthetics; they’re also good for your health. As explained in an article on Time Magazine, plants are great for purifying indoor air.
This process is called “phytoremediation”—where plants remove pollutants from the air by filtering it through their leaves and roots. In fact, some plants even absorb air moisture, thus opening up more benefits such as decreasing the chances of mold growing in your home.
An article by HomeServe discusses how mold tends to accumulate in humid areas, such as your bathroom and kitchen. So these spaces can definitely benefit from a plant or two. Additionally, plants thrive more in damp air, making these rooms the perfect environment to grow them.
Although all plants contribute to a healthier, cleaner home, some of them are better suited for the job than others. So, with that in mind, here are seven of the very best air purifying indoor plants for your home.
Besides being one of the easiest to take care of, the heart-shaped Philodendron specializes in the filtering of formaldehyde—a common toxin found in some everyday home products, such as soap, stoves, heaters, and even upholstered furniture and manufactured wood.
Also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this yellow-tipped plant releases extra oxygen at night, so it’s good for helping you breathe better when you’re asleep. It’s mostly placed in bedrooms.
If you have pets in your house, then you’ll take an instant liking to the Spider Plant. These resilient stalks are non-toxic to animals, should your pets accidentally chew on the leaves. Plus, they’re incredibly good for sniffing out excess xylene, a solvent commonly found in paint and varnishes. They make good centerpieces for coffee tables too.
Remember how we mentioned that houseplants could be used to prevent mold? Yoga 2 All attest that the English Ivy is the plant for the job. This vine is best placed in bathrooms, as it’s particularly good at catching airborne fecal particles.
Besides being a very pretty plant, Chrysanthemums work double time in filtering out specific toxins such as benzene and ammonia. These chemicals are usually found in plastics and detergents, so the flowers are best placed in areas where you do your laundry.
If you’re wondering what those tall office plants are called, they’re probably Howeas. These tender palms are high maintenance, as they require plenty of light—an average temperature of 64 to 75 degrees. However, it’s also one that provides the most benefits, as it cleans formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surrounding environment.
If Howeas are big, then Areca Palms are even bigger. And since studies on The Spruce suggest that bigger leaves purify more air, you can’t get a better air purifier than Areca Palms.
They’re good for eliminating every toxin that plagues a household such as benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and more. Plus, they’re non-toxic, making them another good choice for those with pets.
There’s a plant for every type of household, budget, and climate. At the end of the day, it helps to choose the ones with functions you need the most, whether it’s to help you sleep better or prevent mold from forming.