Plants can bring so much life into your home. Between the oxygen they release and the toxins they remove, there’s really no downside to creating a small forest or jungle. They provide a lot of aesthetic value, too. When your friends come over they might even be inspired by your plant life and incorporate more nature into their lives.
As many of us are all too familiar with, the air quality in cities is only getting worse. Plants are an incredible way of reducing the amount of toxins in the air that you’re spending so much time in.
Scientists around the world have been researching how plants clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and other toxins through the pores on their leaves. A study by NASA found that plants also have the ability to absorb harmful chemicals in the air, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and benzene, which is found in plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke. Did you know that formaldehyde is used in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner?
We’re excited to share five plants for cleaning the air and bringing nature into your home. While each is unique, they all provide similar benefits. If you have suggestions for other varieties, please share them in the comments below!
Snake plants are resilient. And they are incredible because they produce oxygen at night and they’re one of the easiest plants to take care of. They can withstand full sun and handle low light conditions. However, they do best in indirect sunlight. The snake plant is native to the arid deserts of West Africa, so it doesn’t need much water, especially in the winter.
If you don’t think you have a green thumb and you’re looking for a plant that’s hard to kill, then the spider plant is for you. It’s tough, to say the least. Spider plants are easy to grow and prefer cooler temperatures and dry soil, so if you forget to water for a while you don’t have to fret.
The foliage and small white flowers battle formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene. They also remove xylene, a solvent used in rubber and leader, and in the printing industry.
Rubber trees do well indoors and are easy to take care of. They’re beautiful and remove formaldehyde from the air. Rubber trees or bushes are native to the rainforests of India and South America, so they enjoy humidity, indoor temperatures, and bright light.
The benefits of aloe vera are wide-reaching and have been known as early as 6,000 years ago by the Egyptians. Known as the “plant of immortality,” it has medical benefits, it tastes delicious, and cleans the air. Aloe is also easy to take care of and loves the sun, making a sunny kitchen window an excellent spot to place the plant. Aloe removes air pollutants and contains a gel that can help to heal bodily burns and cuts.