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5 Houseplants That Clean Air And Are Impossible To Kill

By July 18, 2016April 17th, 2018Uncategorized

Did you know that the average person spends more than 90 percent of their time indoors? Given that statistic, it’s safe to say that indoor air quality matters. 

Furniture, upholstery, building materials, and cleaning products in offices and homes can emit toxic compounds such as formaldehyde. Indoor air pollution is also caused by pollen, bacteria, and molds.

The good news? There is an easy and affordable way to fight the presence of the nasty stuff we breathe in. Plants purify air! Adding potted plans to a room has been proven to absorb some of the particulates from the air, and microorganisms associated with plants are also associated with the cleaning effect.

While houseplants can often intimidate those with a “black thumb,” we’ve put together a list of 5 houseplants that clean air and are nearly impossible to kill! Check it out and head to your local garden store to start purifying the air around you.

1. Garden Mum

A pretty yellow garden mum on a turquoise blue chair in the home garden.

According to NASA, garden mums are air-purifying champions. They remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air.

2. Spider Plant

Chlorophytum (Spider Plant) on a wooden shelf on a window

Spider plants are incredibly easy to grow. They love indirect sunlight and are great at eradicating formaldehyde and xylene.

3. Ficus

ficus isolated

The ficus is a sturdy plant that ends up being anywhere between two and ten feet tall. This low-maintenance houseplant loves bright, indirect light and for its soil to dry between waterings. It removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

4. Peace Lily

Houseplant - Spathiphyllum floribundum (Peace Lily). White Flower on the background of green leaves

Peace lily plants are small and mighty — packing major air cleaning power. They are easy to grow, and thrive in shade. Keep their soil moist without overwatering and let them remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

5. Boston Fern

A Boston Fern in a burlap bag

Boston fern’s love a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. They’re easy to grow, but do not need to stay moist. Check it’s soil daily to see if it needs water, and it will remove formaldehyde and xylene as it grows!

Which of these house plants are you excited to get to purify the air in your home or office? Share in the comments below!

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