Top 7 Plants That Naturally Purify The Air In Your Home

Top 7 Plants That Naturally Purify The Air In Your Home

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Having plants in the home brings a series of benefits. First and foremost, they make your apartment look more beautiful. But aside from the fashionable and stylish benefits, plants care for your health. They purify the air, cleaning it from toxins that are common for the household.

The result is that you breathe fresh air, even though you are not in a mountain. We present you some of the common plants in households, and it will be a good idea to get one of them as soon as possible.

1. English Ivy
Even studies have shown that the English ivy, one of the climbing vines is one of the best plants for absorbing formaldehyde. Another strength of the English Ivy is that the plant thrives in small spaces, and can survive in environments without much natural light or in rooms with small windows.

Simply put, the English Ivy is ideal and can fit any room, any apartment. The plant’s dense foliage is very effective at absorbing formaldehyde, arguably the worst pollutant in indoor spaces.

2. Peace Lily
Another plant that is high on NASAA’s list for removing the common polluters, which are benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, the Peace Lily requires little to no care. Water it once per week, put in a place with lots of shade, and the plant can survive for years and clean the air in your home. The plant requires very little natural light.

However, there is a downside, and that is that the Peace Lily is poisonous for pets. If you have cats or dogs in your home, avoid this plant or train your pets to stay away from the Lily. The Lily also sucks in acetone, a poison emitted by electronics.

3. Snake Plant
The common name for this plant is mother-in-law’s tongue. The plant with sharp leaves can also survive low light conditions. The plant helps purifying your air by absorbing carbon dioxide during the night, and release oxygen. The best place for the snake plant is the bedroom, where you can keep few of them in a pot.

This will ensure you a good night’s sleep. And as a bonus, you can place it in your bathroom as well, where it is one of the few plants that can survive the humidity.

4. Golden Pothos
The Golden Pothos is best placed in the garage, or any other room where it has the room to grow. The Pothos is a fast growing vine, and it requires a pot and something to support its growth. The best way to grow it is to place it in hanging baskets.

Aside from purifying the air in the room, the Golden Pothos is a beautiful addition to any room, as the dark green leaves and golden streaks are appealing delight for the eye.

5. Red Edged Dracena
The Dracen grows slow, but high. It can grow up to 15 feet in height, but it is compact and can fit in any room and the floor space you offer. If your room has a high ceiling, the Red Edged Dracena is the perfect option.

The Dracena requires moderate amount of light, and watering once per week. The plant cleans the air from toxins released by varnishes, sealers and lacquers.

6. Aloe Vera
Arguably one of the most commonly used plants. The aloe is used in cosmetics, medicine, for purifying the air and much more. The Aloe is very easy to grow, but it requires a high amount of natural light.

Low light is the biggest reason people avoid the Aloe, but if you can provide the conditions for this sun loving plant, the benefits are well worth it. One of the common places for the Aloe Vera is the kitchen, provided there is enough sunlight.

7. Ficus Benjamina
The Ficus is one of the most common plants found in apartments. And there are multiple reasons why. The plant is beautiful, it filters the air, and is extremely effective against toxins accompanying furniture and carpeting.

The problem with the Ficus is that it requires a lot of care, and it doesn’t survive in every condition. It requires moderate watering, two to three times per week, and natural light, but not direct light.

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Thomas Hoi

Thomas Hoi is the founder of Interior Design Singapore ID.com.sg web portal
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