9 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

Curious to know which plants can improve your indoor air quality? 

Keep reading… 🙂


English ivy (Hedera helix)

A study found that the plant reduces airborne fecal-matter particles.
It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.

English Ivy plant care



Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’)

This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues.
Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.

Caring for Chinese Evergreens



Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries.
It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene.
They’re also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.

Bamboo palm plant care



Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)

This climbing vine plant isn’t a good option if you have kids or pets — it’s toxic when eaten, but it’s a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOCs.
Philodendrons are particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard.

Care tips for Heart leaf philodendron



Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
It can also combat toluene and xylene and it’s such a pretty plant when in bloom!

Caring for a Peace lily



Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)

Bring this beautiful flowering shrub into your home to combat formaldehyde from sources such as plywood or foam insulation.
Because azaleas do best in cool areas around 60 to 65 degrees, they’re a good option for improving indoor air in your basement if you can find a bright spot.

Azalea care tips



Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

The colorful flowers of a mum comes in a variety of colors and can do a lot more than brighten a home office or living room; the blooms also help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent.
This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.

How to care for a Chrysanthemum



Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)

Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket.
Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde.
Bonus: Golden pothos, also know as devil’s ivy, stays green even when kept in the dark.

Care info on Golden pothos



Aloe (Aloe vera)

This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.
Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window.
Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.

Caring for an Aloe plant




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