8 Houseplants that Clean and Promote Air Quality

Taking into account that an average person spends around 90% of his time indoors, it becomes evident how important the air quality is.

Thanks to potted houseplants, the air in your house can be easily purified and the harmful compounds in the air can be significantly reduced.

Below you can find the list of the best houseplants that improve air quality.

1. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, which is also called spathiphyllum sp. is a white flowering plant, with an amazing fragrance. Place it somewhere in your house to remove indoor pollutants like gases and solvents (formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia, benzene). Keep in mind that peace lily “likes” shady places and doesn’t require much watering.

2. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm or chamaedorea seifritzii can become not only a beautiful, but very healthy gift. It is a leader in filtering of formaldehyde. Don’t forget that this plant grows very fast and can achieve 12-foot height.

3. Aloe Vera

This houseplant is known for its wonderful anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing and burn- or wound-healing properties. Each leaf contains a gel rich with vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. Besides that, Aloe Vera perfectly purifies the air, filtering formaldehyde.

4. Dracaena

You can find dracaena (or ponytail plant) of different sizes and shapes. This is a common office and house plant that filters benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and xylene. However you shouldn’t keep dracaena in your home if you have pets, as the plant is toxic if nibbled on y dogs.

5. Weeping Fig

Fiscus Benjamina (or weepinf fig) is very nice plant and doesn’t require frequent watering. Bring it into your house in winter months to diminish such pollutants as formaldehyde and benzene. In warmer times you can move weeping fig outside, where it can grow, heightening up to 10 feet.

6. Garden Mum

Garden mum comes in any shade under the rainbow. Moreover, the plant is inexpensive and is a hero in air-purifying. It filters common toxic compounds that come from carpenting, synthetic building materials, furniture, and upholstery.

7. Spider Plants

Spider plant with thin leaves is an ideal houseplant because it can live without almost anything. Even if you’ve forgot to water spider plants once, it won’t die. It’s a perfect air purifier. The only thing it requires is bright indirect sunlight.

8. Snake Plant

Snake plant is a hearty plant needs very little upkeep: little sun and infrequent watering. Sansevieria trifasciata (another name for snake plant) successfully filters xylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air.