More people than ever want to bring nature inside their homes. Maybe you live in a concrete jungle and rarely have the opportunity to go out in the wild to be one with nature. Now, life doesn’t have to be so bleak because you can get some really cool houseplants that are not only safe for your children and pets but also purify your air. Say hello to nature without having to step outside!
Not all houseplants are safe for children and pets. Some houseplants can be poisonous to them. Always do your research beforehand.
So how do plants actually purify the air?
People spend about 90% of their time at home where almost everything they own can emit a plethora of toxic fumes. If your rooms are small and poorly ventilated, this is even worse for your family.
Luckily for us, there is a cheap way to purify the air around us and it comes straight from nature.
These are potted house plants that absorb some of the toxins in the air and give off oxygen during photosynthesis. They are the ultimate cheap and natural air purifier. They also make you feel better, right? They sure make me and my family feel as if we’re out in the wilderness..
Top 7 Plants That Improve Air Quality
1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Say hello to the peacemaker! It’s low cost, low maintenance and drops its leaves when it’s thirsty. It also has a humidifying effect; two in one!
2. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
The most effective remover of toluene and xylene. I’ve never been able to properly pronounce the names, but you know what? This plant deserves them for being so damn effective against the pollutants in the air.
3. Spider Plant
I hate spiders, but plants that help me and my family purify the air we breathe? You could name it the shark plant and I’d still want it in my home. Low maintenance and doesn’t need much sunlight. It also removes formaldehyde and xylene and doesn’t create any webs. Perfect!
4. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant)
I can add snakes to the list of things I hate too but you know what? They still manage to clear my air. So thank you! It’s been said that this plant is one of the best at absorbing formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene. So folks, don’t wait, it’s low maintenance and approved by NASA.
5. Ficus/Weeping Fig
This is probably one of the most popular indoors houseplants on the market. The Ficus is low maintenance and removes some heavy pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Indoor, outdoor, it’ll be happy wherever you want to put it.
A plant that you can neglect as much as you like and it will still keep your air clean. Low maintenance and carrying a name resembling a Greek god, the Pothos should be one of your top choices.
7. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
If you’re a fan of the Hobbit, you’ll love this plant sitting around your house. It won’t produce any gold but it will make your air as pure as 24 karats. It effectively axes through xylene, a common solvent ingredient and if kept in good shape, can last for decades.