During the winter, it is common to have air pollutants build up in our homes because we don't have natural ventilation from windows and doors being open all the time.
There are many products out there that promise to clean & purify our air, but they can be expensive, unsightly and require lots of electricity! Some of these products can't clean formaldehyde out of the air, which is a very common asthma-inducer. Fortunately, we have a solution that is both beautiful & functional! There are many houseplants that clean air pollutants naturally. All of the plants listed below have been tested and approved by NASA scientists to be the best indoor air-purifiers.
Please note that some of these plants can be harmful to children and/or pets if ingested. So, make sure to put them out of reach in order to keep your littlest family members safe!
This first plant is an air-purifying champion. According to NASA research, it removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. It is the Garden Mum! It is a common find at garden stores and can be planted outside after it is done blooming.
The Boston Fern removes more formaldehyde from the air than any other plant. It prefers to be kept very moist and in indirect sunlight. If cared for properly, these plants are also efficient at removing xylene.
The Dwarf Date Palm is a small palm tree that is known for being one of the best at removing formaldehyde from the air. Bonus: palms are easy to care for! Other palm trees such as the Bamboo Palm or Lady Palm are also particularly efficient and love lots of direct sunlight.
For a dimmer room that needs cleaner air, try a rubber plant. They can tolerate very little sun and are at the top of the list of air purifiers. These plants can also be excellent to use in an office, where most furniture is constructed with formaldehyde-based glues.
English Ivy can be grown as a topiary and used as a decorative piece in your home. It likes part sun & part shade and is not very temperamental. While it is traditionally grown outdoors, when brought inside it is an effective formaldehyde remover.
The Peace Lily not only removes formaldehyde from the air, but also removes benzene and VOC's that are emitted from cleaning products. This plant prefers low light and can even humidify your air. The Peace Lily should be stored out of reach from pets & children and is probably best used in an office-type setting.
When it comes to owning houseplants, if you take care of them, they will take care of you!