The Best Indoor Plants for Cleaner Air

Spring is the time for cleaning – time to blast away those dust bunnies and open the doors to let the fresh air in. Unfortunately the cleaning products you use can give off harmful chemicals, and the “fresh” air that you bring in can be mixed with gas fumes, which contain formaldehyde. Here are some of the best plants for inside your house that will help keep the air you breathe fresh and clean.

 

1.) English Ivy

Why it’s good: According to NASA, English Ivy is the number one plant for filtering the air. It absorbs formaldehyde and even reduces airborne fecal particles.

Sun and water needs: English Ivy does well with moderate sunlight. It can be grown as either a floor plant or in a hanging basket. Allow the soil to get dry between waterings.

 

2.) Aloe Vera

Why it’s good: Aloe vera helps clear out formaldehyde and benzene, which is found in many cleaning products. If the air ever becomes too infested with chemicals, the plant will start to show brown spots. Bonus: The gel inside the plants can help soothe small burns and cuts.

Sun and water needs: Aloe vera needs a lot of sun, so be sure to put it by a window. It’s easier to over-water than under-water it, so make sure the soil stays fairly dry, and only water every so often.

 

3.) Philodendron

Why it’s good: The heart-shaped philodendron is one of the best at cleaning out chemicals from the air. They’re easy to care for and can last for years. NB: This plant might not be the best if you have pets or small children, as the leaves are poisonous when eaten.

Sun and water needs: Philodendrons enjoy medium light and water. Pay attention to your plant to see what it needs. If the leaves start to turn yellow, water less. If they’re brown, water more.

 

4.) Spider Plants

Why it’s good: If you’re worried about your ability to keep plants alive, try starting out with a spider plant. They’re quite hardy and grow quickly. Spider plants will help filter out formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene and benzene.

Sun and water needs: Spider plants like the sun, so put it in a hanging basket by the window. Water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry between waterings.

 

5.) Golden Pothos

Why it’s good: Golden Pothos is another easy-to-care-for plant. It grows downward, which creates a beautiful hanging vine. Golden Pothos is great to put in the garage or by the door, as it clears away the formaldehyde caused by car exhaust. It also filters carbon monoxide and benzene.

Sun and water needs: Golden Pothos is easy to care for because it can survive in very low levels of sunlight. Water thoroughly and allow to dry between waterings.

 

6.) Snake Plant

Why it’s good: What makes this plant special is that it takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night – something most plants do during the day. So think about sticking a few in your bedroom for a little extra oxygen. The snake plant is great for clearing out formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.

Sun and water needs: The snake plant can survive without a lot of sun or water. Besides the bedroom, think about putting one in your bathroom, as it would do well under the steamy and humid conditions.

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