In 1989, a study conducted by NASA and environmental engineer Bill Wolverton tested if there were houseplants that could be effective at removing harmful pollutants from the air inside a home. The study results suggested that certain plants in a controlled space could remove volatile organic compounds from the air.
Since then, air-purifying indoor plants have become a social media craze, and some current-day studies are still testing Wolverton’s hypothesis & replicating his results. Green thumb or not; houseplants are a great way to liven up your indoor spaces while naturally cleaning your home’s air of pollutants.
The following are the 7 of the best-rated house plants for airborne chemicals and bacteria:
This succulent grows best in the sun; place in a window with optimal sunlight & water every three weeks.
Its leaves contain a clear liquid that houses vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, a mixture great healing irritated skin, like a sunburn.
2. Lady Palm
Can grow up to 6ft tall!
Cleanses the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and toluene.
Tolerates low levels of light, high amounts of water, and a range of temperatures
3. Bamboo Palm
Acts as a natural humidifier inside of your home.
Filters airborne toxins like nitrogen oxide and formaldehyde.
A low maintenance plant that survives in low light; water once a week.
4. Rubber Plant
Reduces airborne bacteria & mold spores.
Contaminants in the air are absorbed through the leaves and deposited into the soil.
Wait until the soil is dry to water every 1-2 weeks. Loves sunlight!
Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air.
Needs bright, indirect sunlight and a pot with good drainage.
WARNING: toxic to dogs and cats when eaten
6. English Ivy
Dramatically reduces the number of airborne mold spores.
Happiest in a humid environment with consistent temperatures and low light.
Doesn’t appreciate a draft; keep away from doors, windows, and vents.
7. Peace Lily
Requires very little light or water. Direct sunlight could lead to leaf burn.
One of the most efficient plants in removing formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
WARNING: Toxic to animals and people if ingested.
There you have it – the top 7 indoor air-purifying plants! Some of the plants on this list are toxic to pets. For more information about the safety of specific plants, consult the ASPCA’s searchable database.
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