There’s an ever-growing list of known environmental toxins in our food, water, air, household cleaning products, personal care products, bedding, clothing, furniture etc and constant exposure can cause harm to our health.
These mighty air purifying houseplants can help reduce common toxins in your home and improve air quality. Here are 5 easy to care for air purifying indoor plants based on NASA’s Clean Air Study that will not just add colour in your home, but also improve your air quality!
Devil’s Ivy or Pothos
Commonly known as pothos or golden pothos, devil’s ivy is an easy to grow indoor houseplant that will fight off common household toxins like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It also adds instant colour to any room with its cascading tendrils. It can also be grown in water, soil or in hanging pots.
Also known as a spathiphyllum, is an easy and undemanding plant to look after. With rich glossy green leaves, they make the perfect addition to any room especially those spots with low light. Water weekly and fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser to promote growth and flowers. These beauties are great at removing toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene.
Spider plants thrive in indirect sunlight and survive in just about any condition. They are great hanging plants as they send out shoots of baby spider plants called spiderettes (how cute is that). These cute and forgiving plants remove toxins like formaldehyde and xylene from your living space.
These evergreen trees originating from India are a very hardy plant that requires bright, filtered light and weekly watering in summer and fortnightly watering in winter and is able to remove toxins like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from your home.
They can grow in a small pot or be encouraged to grow into a large indoor tree in pots or straight in the ground.
Snake plants also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a succulent plant that can grow up to two meters in height. This hardy and low maintenance plant is perfect for those of you not blessed with a green thumb and is able to remove toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene from the air. Simply place them somewhere with either bright to indirect light and do not to overwater them.
Interesting Plant Fact: Pineapple Plant
Whilst these cute and very unusual looking plants don’t remove any toxins from the air, we just had to include it in the article. NASA has discovered that the pineapple plants produce oxygen and boost air quality at night which could improve sleep quality and put an end to unwanted snoring, making it a great plant for your bedroom.
These spiky plants are hardy and survive with very little water but do not do well in frost or cold.