10 Houseplants to Clean Indoor Air

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Although houseplants are primarily associated with swanky décor, they play the critical role of purifying the air in your room. Befriend these 10 plants that act as natural air filter allowing you to breathe easy. 

 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): It’s time to make your peace with a plant that sprouts beautiful white flowers in all seasons. Although the scientific name Spathiphyllum may sound a bit heavy, the lilies actually lighten up the air by absorbing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene, ammonia, xylene, ethyl acetate and formaldehyde. 

 

Ferns (Pteridophyta sp.): With toxicity growing in leaps and bounds your leafy friend can protect you from chemical overdose. An apparently harmless nail polish or glue spews venomous organic compounds like toluene and xylene, contaminating the air you breathe.Though your body builds up a natural line of defense against the pollutants in due course what about the children and newborns in your home? Ferns help immensely in offering the much needed protection to your system by cleansing the indoor air. 

 

Aloe (Aloe vera): This easy-to-grow medicinal plant is capable of absorbing by-product of chemical-based paints and cleaners such as formaldehyde and benzene. Beyond its air-clearing properties, aloe gel can also acts as a natural anti inflammatory remedy for cuts & bruises. 

 

English Ivy (Hedera helix): Hang this cute little English lush indoor in small tub and place at a moderately warm corner. English Ivy removes traces of formaldehyde from the air keeping your family health intact. 

 

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'): Looks elegant with its long majestic leaves swirling upward like a lazy serpent, the plant is best kept at bedrooms. Even if you miss out on watering frequently, the shrub remains healthy and replenishes your bedroom air with pure oxygen. It is best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is commonly used in personal care and cleaning products.

 

Parlor Palms (Chamaedorea elegans): Keep your lean & lengthy friend in golden colored pot and admire the way it changes the look of your room. Palm can be spotted at public smoking bays being an excellent absorber of poisonous carbon monoxide and benzene. Palm tree distillates the air reducing the toxicity produced by fresh paint, nail polish and chemical adhesive. 

 

Warneck Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'): The bright, lemon yellow canopy of soft, fluffy leaves give it a majestic look. This plant is easy to maintain and does not require any extra care beside sunlight. It replaces carbon based gaseous effluents from the air and keeps your home free from toxin. 

 

Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): The big, attractive, leaves of the plant have a unique texture that makes it stand out in crowd. Philodendrons serve a far more serious purpose than being eye candy. It purges the air from pollutants like xylene and curbs the toxicity spread by raw leather. 

 

Dendrobium & Phaeleonopsis Orchids: Barring the names everything is easy about these orchids. You don’t need to put in any extra effort to maintain the duo that works wonders in alleviating pollution from paints and varnishes. Stock your home with the orchid right after you’ve had a renovation and refill your interior with fresh, life giving oxygen that allows you to breathe fully. 

 

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): With a high air purifying index of 8.4, the beautiful reed palm exudes a healing touch. It neutralizes the ill effects of benzene and trichloroethylene making your indoor air safe and clean. Don’t expose bamboo palm to direct sunlight and make sure you feed it copiously with adequate water. 

 

Say no to fancy air filters now and buy houseplants to save your home from the ravage of chemical pollutants. Are you ready to let the silent wisdom of plants surround your life making it more meaningful?