The dirty air which circulates in our homes is one of the primary causes of various illnesses. Most of us live in buildings made of brick and concrete, which constantly emit toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde. Various kinds of bacteria, mould, dust and carbon dioxide do their work as well, poisoning the air around the oven.
Fortunately, we can always turn to houseplants to help us here. Few people know that they can be a great solution to the problem of poor ventilation at home. So here are nine of the best leafy air cleaners that can put either at home or in the office — and breathe easier as a result.
Potted chrysanthemums (’Garden Mum’)
This plant was found by NASA to be a real air-purifying beast. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home’s air. It’s popular and inexpensive, plus they can be planted outside too.
Chlorophytum (’Spider Plant’)
Chlorophytum is the best option for those who don’t have enough free time and always forget to water their flowers. That’s because in terms of care, this plant is very simple and undemanding. The chances are plenty of your neighbours already have one, so you can borrow a couple of stems from them and grow your own. The spider plant absorbs all the chemicals you spray while cleaning the apartment.
There are more than 40 species of the plant, so you can easily choose whichever one you like best. Dracaena is a great tool for freeing the air from benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene. However, this little friend might be a bit toxic for cats and dogs, so think twice if you live in an apartment full of pets.
Ficus is the most popular ’mini-tree’ in the world. If you put it in a large pot and let it grow, it can reach a truly impressive size. On average though, its height is about 60 to 120 cm. In spring and summer you can leave it outdoors.
Spathiphyllum (’Peace Lily’)
Despite being extremely beautiful this flower is really hard to kill. In general it blooms in summer, prefers shady places and moist (though not wet) soil. The Peace Lily absorbs ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
This plant likes cool humid areas and reflected light. The bathroom is a perfect place for this little green helper. The fern is great at cleaning up xylene in the air.
Sansevieria (’Snake Plant’)
This plant can be seen everywhere, mostly in offices and restaurants. Why? It requires almost no care. It only needs to be watered about once a month: it likes dry air and little sunlight. They help remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air.
Chamaedorea (’Bamboo Palm’)
The Bamboo Palm is great for cleaning up formaldehyde in the air. You’d better put it on the window sill at first to give it sufficient access to sunlight. It might grow up to 3 meters in height, and give you a lot of fresh air. And it looks awesome. They remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Aloe Vera is a plant for all occasions. It can treat burns and colds, but also cleans the air perfectly. A single Aloe Vera plant can refresh any small apartment. It removes formaldehyde effectively from indoor air.