According to studies done by NASA in order to improve air quality in space facilities, here are the top 5 indoor plants known that can purify the air around you. These plants are not only easy to care for, having them in the house is also proven to help reduce stress. If you love gardening and enjoy the nature, keeping some potted greens is definitely something you should do to brighten up your living room.
1. Sansevieria trifasciata
Native to tropical West Africa, this plant is best known for filtering out formaldehyde; a substance that is typically found with cleaning products. It enjoys steamy, humid conditions, making it a perfect decoration for bathroom. The downside of this beauty is that its toxicity can cause vomiting to small children and pets, when ingested.
Other names: snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp, good luck plant, golden bird’s nest
2. Epipremnum aureum
Belongs to the family of Araceae, this species has been everyone’s personal favorite due to its selection of variegated leaves to choose from and, of course, for absorbing formaldehyde. It has been placed in a garage, a dark corner of any room, and surprisingly it can be grown in water. This plant has shown that it can thrive in darkness even for weeks and it even requires very little watering, therefore you will not have to worry about leaving it at home while going on a vacation.
However, make sure to keep it away from pets and small children as the leaves are toxic. Try placing it in a hanging basket or the highest spot in your house where it can’t be reached easily.
Other names: golden pothos, money plant, devil’s ivy
Another one to be kept far from your little ones even though it is one of the few flowering plants that can be grown indoors. It serves to remove ammonia and formaldehyde, and if it’s placed anywhere with indirect sunlight, it could produce blooms all year long. Anthuriums are very easy to look for, provided you don’t overwater them or expose them to too much sun.
Other names: tailflower, flamingo flower, laceleaf
4. Aloe Vera
This is a good news for succulent lovers! Not only popular for its medicinal purposes, it also eliminates formaldehyde and benzene which typically are released from chemical-based cleaning products and paints. It loves the sunlight, but it can also thrive very well indoors, by a bright windowsill. In summer, it can be placed outside for it to enjoy the sun, and you’ll probably get the chance to see its flowers.
Other names: aloe
Lush with deep green foliage, a spathiphyllum is typically sought after for its elegant, white flowers that perk up when the plant is given enough light. It doesn’t require too much attention, but it needs the soil to dry out between waterings by giving it water only when it starts drooping. Known for filtering formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia, it has become a favorite tabletop decoration where everyone could enjoy its beauty and air-purifying benefits. Keep out from the reach of young children and pets as this plant can cause burning and swelling even to adults.
Other names: peace lily, spath