Over the last couple of years, we’ve learned a lot about how important it is to purify the air in our home and work environments. Schools and businesses install state-of-the-art HEPA filtering systems to keep people safe and make them comfortable. While you may not have the budget for installing such features at home, you may have a green enough thumb to purify the air in your home more naturally. There are hundreds of houseplants that are not only easy to take care of but that clean the air in your home while also accenting your home’s decor.
The Jungalow style of home decor has been around for a few years, and more and more people are turning their homes into virtual greenhouses; you may just be starting. Let’s take a look at the top houseplants that will look amazing in any room and keep your air clean too!
The Snake Plant
The Snake Plant, also known as Mother In Law’s Tongue, is not only one of the top air purifiers, it’s also incredibly easy to care for. These plants are known for the tall, thick leaves that grow upright and mature to be up to three feet tall. These succulents release a ton of oxygen at night, so make sure to put these in your bedroom. Snake plants are among the best plants for filtering formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They typically have yellow stripes on their leaves, but not all varieties do. They make a beautiful addition to any room.
You may be familiar with the Aloe vera plant for its ability to help soothe sunburns. But, this beautiful and popular succulent is also fantastic at filtering the air in your home. Aloe Vera likes a sunny spot, so you’ll frequently spot them on windowsills or in front of windows that receive a lot of sunlight. Aloe is great at filtering out benzene and formaldehyde, commonly found in household cleaning products.
There are several varieties of philodendron plants, some of the most popular being the Heartleaf and the Philodendron Birkin. The philodendron is a powerhouse when it comes to filtering out formaldehyde in your home or office space, so place several variations all around you. The plants have also been shown to block harmful EMF radio waves in the air. Some philodendrons can grow up to three feet tall with the proper care and attention, so give these plants as much as they give you and show them love. If you need help figuring out how to care for your plants, many apps are available to help you cultivate your green thumb.
Pothos plants are one of the easiest plants to care for and can be seen in many people’s homes for this reason. While they’re not considered “plants of steel” that need little watering, they’re still challenging to kill—known for their long trailing arms and beautiful leaves. They come in various colors and look great hung or on shelves. Pothos clean ozone, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene from the air in your home. These popular plants are also known as “the money plant” and can save you a ton of money replacing other air purifiers.
If you want to add a spot of color to your room and liven things up beyond the traditional green plants mentioned above, Flamingo Lilies are a great option. These beautiful plants have bright red or salmon-colored flowers. These are great options for filtering out harmful toxins. They do need bright sunlight and be watered several times a week, but they’re worth the attention to their beautiful flowers and filtering benefits.
Peace Lilies have been popular houseplants for decades, staying with flowering plants – and good reason! While lilies require a lot of watering (they’ll start lowering without it), they are among the top purifiers of harmful compounds. If you are a pet owner, keep in mind that the Peace Lily is toxic to both dogs and cats, so keep them in an area your furry friend can’t reach them!
Using plants to purify the air in your home is a great way to start cultivating your green thumb and learning more about how the natural world impacts us – even indoors. So, take control of your health by adding one or all plants, as mentioned earlier, to your living space.