Nature’s remedies are sometimes the best…and the cheapest! Even if you have asthma or allergies, just having an ordinary houseplant can help. It’s true. Many houseplants naturally remove airborne pollutants like formaldehyde, VOCs, mold, airborne microbes, and gases. These pollutants are commonly found indoors, and they can be harmful to your health.
Who would have thought that a pretty houseplant could actually be cleaning the air? I know I wouldn’t have. Houseplants add charm and color to your room; they are basically inexpensive and easy to maintain, and they keep your room alive, refreshed, and healthy; some even add humidity. And, just to top it off, houseplants are great for any room—a bedroom, office, classroom, or living room, etc. Different plants have different advantages, so choosing the right one for your particular need depends on the type of plant, what it removes, and how to care for it.
Here is a list of some of the most common house air purifier plants and what they remove:
1. Chrysanthemum (Pot Mum)
2. Gerbera Daisy
A very well-known plant used for weddings, the Gerbera Daisy is a beautiful plant as a cut flower arrangement and a good solution for a healthy breath of air. Its air filtering job is not as prominent as others, but it is also known for helping to remove airborne benzene. Unfortunately, the plant does not live long, but it is still a good choice for better air and bright surroundings. If you plan on keeping this pretty plant at work, it loves bright light and well-drained soil. You can also enjoy the blooms because it blooms repeatedly from mid-spring until fall.
3. Weeping Fig
A well-known food source (figs are yummy fruits), this outdoor plant loved my birds. It is a good indoor plant, too, as it filters indoor air toxins like ammonia and formaldehyde. Just a reminder, this little guy does not adapt well to change, so be careful if you must move it.
4. Spider Plant
This commonly used houseplant is very popular as an indoor plant. Named for its long flowing veins, this houseplant is known for removing formaldehyde, as well as harmful gases like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
5. Peace Lily
This plant is perfect for those of us lacking a green thumb, and as a bonus, it cleans the air! This is a very hardy plant that requires little care; just a little water and no direct sunlight makes for a happy plant. Not only is it pretty and strong, but this houseplant removes harsh pollutants like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.
6. Boston Fern
Popular both indoors and outdoors, this plant removes airborne formaldehyde. For a pretty plant, it is packing a powerful punch! Not only does it clean the air inside, but it is also great for soil, eliminating heavy metals like mercury and arsenic.
7. Rubber Plant
This houseplant has a hungry appetite. The plant removes microorganisms, bio effluents, and VOCs, and it becomes even more competent, feasting on the toxins, as time goes by. As an added benefit, the Rubber Plant also adds humidity to the room, becoming a humidifier as well as an air purifier.
8. English Ivy
Though it’s a darling plant, don’t let its fragile appearance fool you. This houseplant removes mold, making it a great solution for those with allergies and asthma. It also removes chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. By Jove, that’s a great idea!
You do not need directions for these natural air purifier houseplants. Just place the plants around the room, allowing space for air to freely move around the plants. According to NASA, at least 15-18 good-sized plants are needed for a home of 1,800 square feet.
Whether it’s at home, work, or school, air purifier houseplants are a great idea! They provide lovely accents for your room, and they make great hobbies. Most houseplants require very little attention, and they are much more affordable (and more energy efficient) than a powered air purifier. So go green and go to the nearest greenhouse; the result is worth it!
Note on Air Pollutants:
Airborne pollutants are constantly in our indoor air, and since we spend most of our time indoors, we breathe lots of pollutants. Microorganisms like dust, pollen, mold, and pet dander can trigger allergies and asthma, making a miserable, as well as unhealthy and sometimes harmful, environment for sufferers. Other common pollutants are called volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs are chemicals released from common household products like cleaning supplies, air fresheners, aerosol cans, and paints. Breathing VOCs can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, so removing these pollutants is a great way to have better air quality and better health, as well.