House Plants that Can Clean Indoor Air

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House Plants that Can Clean Indoor Air

Plants absorb the particles in the air the way they also absorb carbon dioxide / Photo by Getty Images


You may have poor air quality inside the house or office. Indoor air pollutants can belong to the top five risks to public health, according to These things include a stagnant indoor environment that allows the buildup of various pollutants that humans are breathing in every day. Places that are often filled with air contaminants and poor ventilation can cause "sick building syndrome." This can cause headache, nausea, eye ear and nose irritation, and dizziness. 

You might be living in a house that makes you sick without you knowing it. There are substances that can make you feel sick, such as xylene in paints, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

Since people spend most of their time indoors, having good air quality matters a lot. The good news is that there is a way to fight off those air pollutants inside the house so that the air we breathe is cleaner and healthier. Since plants can purify the air around us, having a potted plant inside a house can be helpful in reducing particulates in the air.


How do houseplants clean the air?

Plants absorb the particles in the air the way they also absorb carbon dioxide. Plants give off oxygen as we know it but there are also other players in the field. The microorganisms that are found in the potting soil can also have a cleaning effect. 
Some people are afraid of taking care of plants, fearing that the plant may die under their watch. However, there are many plants that will not easily die. Below are plants that cannot be easily killed, based on NASA's research. Each plant needs its own favorable condition, so find out which plant needs how much sunlight and water. 

Garden Mum
Based on the research of NASA, this plant is a top air cleaner that can remove xylene, benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde from the indoor air. They can be bought at garden stores and planted outside. 

Spider Plants
They are very easy to grow. If you are a beginner or if you often forget to water your plants, this is a good plant for you. Spider plants can remove xylene and formaldehyde from the indoor air. Based on NASA research, spider plants are able to remove 95% of formaldehyde from a chamber in 24 hours. This plant thrives in bright and indirect sunlight and can shoot with flowers that become baby spider plants. 

Ficus/Weeping Fig
The ficus is native to Southeast Asia. This can grow between 2 to 10 feet tall, and can simply be placed in a bright spot and with indirect sunlight. This is a popular houseplant during Victorian times. It can remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the indoor air and can serve as an air purifier.

This plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene inside your house. Since this plant can grow up to 8 feet, it can be good to keep it in a place where there is enough space and sunlight. There are many kinds of dracaena so you can find the best one that is fit for your home or office. However, if you have pets at home, this plant can be toxic to cat and dogs. 

Peace Lily
Peace lily plants are smaller compared to the other plants but they are equally capable of cleaning the air. They are easy to grow and usually bloom during summer. These plants, however, have some floral scents and pollen in the air. Water these plants by keeping the soil moist. Put them in a shady area to help them grow. Peace lily can remove chemicals, such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be easily cared for and it also has some health benefits. The leaves of aloe vera plants contain vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and many more.  Aloe vera has wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can help even psoriasis. This plant can remove formaldehyde from the air.

The microorganisms that are found in the potting soil can also have a cleaning effect / Photo by Getty Images


Boston Fern
This plant thrives in tropical forests and swampy areas where there are low light and high humidity. They can be placed in the bathroom. Moisture from the shower will serve as the plant's water source. You do not have to care for this a lot but it is still important to look after this plant. Boston fern can remove xylene and formaldehyde. 


How to buy houseplants 

The best house plants are those that have a high transpiration rate. This means that they can carry plenty of water from their roots to the leaves.

Indoor plants are easy to grow and do not require elaborate attention. Aside from that, they can also add beauty to your house. How many plants do you require? It depends on the space that you have. For every 100 feet of living space, the indoor air can be purified by a single plant.