Did you know indoor air quality is usually worse than outside? This is due to toxins found in modern furniture and fixtures, paint, adhesives, pressed woods, wood finishes, among other things. It is a known fact that plants help clean the air we breathe. Some plants are better at doing this than others, this is why we have compiled the best air purifying houseplants in our collection.
Sansevierias or, commonly known, Snake Plants, are one of the best air purifying plants according to NASA. These low maintenance plants are considered the best plants to improve air quality. They absorb multiple toxins found in personal care and cleaning products. This one is the perfect plant for the bedroom, and it tolerates low light well.
Chlorophytum comosum, or Spider Plant", also clean toxins from the indoor air. It is believed that around 15 spider plants can clean the air of a small sized house. Spider plants help remove carbon monoxide and xylene, a chemical found commonly in printers, inks, rubber and leather. This lovely is also pet-friendly, so if you have curious pets that like to nibble on plants, and want to add an air purifying plant to your home, then this one is for you.
Philodendron hederaceum, in all of its varieties, including green and brasil Philodendron, remove formaldehyde from indoor air. Formaldehyde is a chemical which causes respiratory irritation and cancer. This chemical is found in adhesives, water-based paints, and some types of pressed woods, among other things. This plant can also be placed in low light spots.
Aglaonema commotatum, is another low maintenance, gorgeous plant, that help improve indoor air quality. This plant helps remove formaldehyde and benzene, both are commonly found in detergents and cosmetics, also in furniture and paint. It requires bright indirect light to keep its leaves colorful, but it is very easy to care for.
The Kimberly Queen Fern also removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air indoors. This plant is also pet safe, so it is perfect for pet parents who'd like a statement plant that removes toxins from the air.
Some other air purifiers are:
Ficus lyrata "Fiddle leaf fig"