House plants don’t just look pretty. Many of them do a great job of air purification. Here are five houseplants that purify the air effectively while looking great.
How many plants do you have in your home? Most families have at least one house plant in the home, ranging from large ferns to small herb gardens, but few people realize the real value of keeping plants in the home for the purpose of air purification.
That’s right – AIR PURIFICATION. I know that many of you reading here deal with problems like multiple chemical sensitivity, just as I do. We have a lot of problem with the outside world, with the chemicals and scents that other people take for granted, but at least we can control our home environment.
Houseplants that purify the air – you know, as opposed to the ones that are JUST pretty – absorb large percentages of airborne wastes including gases, and other excretions, in addition to keeping the air free from being overrun with multitudes of mold species.
If there’s something I hate more than airborne wastes, it’s mold! I was exposed to toxic mold at our previous home and am still slowly rebuilding my health.
Five indoor houseplants that purify the air in your home
This plant is famous for its wide range of topical uses and its ability to promote healing in the skin. Not only is Aloe Vera a great plant to have around for medicine, it’s also great at helping keep the air in your home clean. This plant is very easy to take care of, and doesn’t require a ton of water for it to remain feeling healthy. Placing it in a central position will help the plant to clean various pollutants from modern building materials from the air.
Make your own aloe vera skin lotion!
This plant is another very low maintenance plant that originates in Southeast Asia. The more accurate name for this pretty little tree is the weeping fig.
The ficus is well known for its positive effects on people, at one point believed to be coming from the plant’s own energy, but in recent times research has attributed the benefits to the plant’s ability to cleanse the air of a large amount of impurities within lose proximity to it.
The ficus can be kept indoors in very little light, and can be transferred outside during warmer months. They can’t handle direct sunlight or temperatures below 60F.
The Boston Fern can cleanse the air of the harmful chemical xylene, and they look beautiful hanging in almost any area. Pick up more than one of these or a maximum benefit.
This plant requires indirect light and little water, but they do grow best in a humid room like your bathroom. If the fronds turn yellow, increase the humidity around your plant.
The Dracaena is a plant with a wide variety of types and colors. This makes it a popular indoor plant for decoration.
Beyond its stylish colors and interesting looks, this plant is a major ally in the search for clean air. The Dracaena removes residues of some plastics and petroleum products from the air, and does so while looking great. It likes filtered light – like a sheer curtain near a sunny window – and moist but never damp soil.
We always had one of these in our house when I was growing up, and they were known by the unflattering name “Mother in law’s tongue” for their sharp, pointed leaves! I didn’t know that it was one of those amazing houseplants that purify the air in your house.
The Snake plant is a desert climate plant. That means that it tends to do the best in a dry area, and requires very little water. They are known for filtering out chemicals like trichloroethylene, and look great next to your front door, or in any corner.
The Snake plant is perfect if you think you have a brown thumb. It requires very little care. It can handle temperatures from 40-85F and it doesn’t need a lot of light, water, or attention. It actually likes being root bound, so there’s that, too!
There you have it – five fairly common, well-known houseplants that purify the air in your home. They not only look beautiful but they help keep the air in your home clean and healthy.