9 Best Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality
It’s a fact that Americans spend most of their time indoors, which is why healthy air quality should be at the top of our list of priorities. Enter these nine houseplants. Not only do they effectively remove harmful pollutants from the air, they look great doing it.
Whether used as a houseplant or a groundcover, English ivy brings a classic elegance to its surroundings. On top of that, it’s also an excellent choice for removing harmful chemicals in the home. Versatile, it can grow in full shade to full sun, and if taken care of properly will most likely survive for several years. As a bonus, English ivy can be trained into shapes — what fun!
Aside from their striking look, two things make the bamboo palm (or reed palm) a great houseplant: It prefers part sun or shade, and it aids in the removal of harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde.
Best suited for households without pets due to its containing an irritant that can be toxic to them, the Chinese evergreen is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in low to medium light. It typically grows to one or two feet, and helps support healthy indoor air quality.
This interesting plant features a leaf color that ranges from green to purple, making it a beautiful addition both indoors and outdoors. Because it can tolerate low light, it would also make a great addition at the office.
(Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
A great houseplant for beginners, mother-in-law’s tongue is a hardy succulent that can survive in some of the toughest conditions, including a wide range of temperature and light environments. Just take care not to overwater.
A colorful addition to the home in the fall time, when most other flowering plants are on their way out, the pot mum is specifically adept at removing benzene from the air.
(Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
A relatively easy plant to care for — they even tell you when they need to be watered by showing signs of drooping — the peace lily is a well-known fighter against toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Be sure to wash your hands after handling it, as it can be mildly toxic to humans and pets.
(Chlorophytum Comosum ‘Vittatum’)
Another easy-to-care-for houseplant, the spider plant thrives in bright, indirect light. It’s a hard worker in removing harmful pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Mass Cane/Corn Plant
(Dracaena Fragrans ‘Massangeana’)
As one of the most popular varieties of Dracaenas, due to its pretty leaves that range from deep green to yellow, the mass cane/corn plant is proven to help pull formaldehyde from the air. While they are stunners in tree form, they can also be grown as shrubs.