Indoor Plants to Clear the Air

8th October 2008

Pretty Purifiers…

Add these natural indoor air purifiers to your home today.

Potted plants are more than just an attractive addition to your indoor spaces; many of them are also very effective air filters that naturally clean the air that we breathe. Numerous studies have shown that some plants can remove up to 89% of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air, such as formaldehyde and xylene.

Given the fact that plants are far cheaper and more attractive than mechanical air filtration systems, it makes sense to fill your home with some of the plants listed below. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma, or is a smoker, these plants are a must. Add them today and look forward to cleaner, fresher air.

Here are 10 great air-cleaning additions for your home:

  • Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids – Many people believe that orchids are difficult to care for, but they actually thrive on very little attention and are usually killed with kindness, when they receive too much water or sunlight. Orchids are a great addition to your bedroom as they release oxygen at night and also clear the air of xylene, a chemical which is found in many glues and paints.
  • Palms – The palm family is a popular choice for indoor plants and it’s easy to understand why – these plants are hardy and very easy to grow. But an added benefit is that they also remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air, which is particularly useful if someone in your house smokes.
  • Peace Lily – The peace lily (also known as spathiphyllum) is a great flowering plant that thrives in shady, cooler areas. It removes a host of toxins from the air, including acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol and xylene.
  • Ferns – The hardiness of ferns is evident in the fact that they actually date back to prehistoric times. They are known for their feathery leaves, known as fronds. These fronds are particularly good at filtering xylene and toluene – which are found in many paints, glues and nail polishes – from the air. So make sure you add a maiden hair fern or Boston fern to your home today.
  • Schefflera – Schefflera is known for its glossy, oval leaves that look almost artificial due to their high shine. It is a hardy, long-lasting plant and will always look attractive, as long as you wipe the dust off the leaves with a damp cloth every week or two. It is also especially efficient at removing formaldehyde, benzene and toluene from the air.
  • Anthuriums – Anthuriums are well known for their exotic, giant, glossy flowers, but it’s the dark green leaves which suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene. Buy one for your office and put it close to a printer or copier where it can remove harmful chemicals from the air.
  • Song of India – Song of India (also known as Dracaena reflexa) has attractive stripy green, lime and yellow leaves. It grows well in both high and low light and removes formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air.
  • Pothos – Pothos is known for its heart-shaped leaves with golden edges. It is hardy, especially during winter when it survives in low light and cold temperatures. Add pothos to your home and you can be assured it will remove formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air.
  • Massangeana Cane – The Massangeana cane is indigenous to Africa and is great for entertainment areas due to its upward growth habit and attractive foliage. It also removes formaldehyde from the air.
  • Philodendron – Philodendrons are popular indoor plants that are easy to care for and require minimum hassle. In return, they will remove xylene from the air, allowing you to breathe more easily.