Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

11322711_mWhen we think of air pollution we typically focus on outdoor air, but indoor air can be just as bad or worse. Poor indoor air quality can cause allergies and irritation, and some contaminants can cause long-term health problems including respiratory diseases and cancer. While some people invest in expensive filters to clean the air in their homes and offices, adding houseplants to your décor can filter out many common indoor toxins.

Common Indoor Toxins

Everything from the materials used to build and decorate our homes, to cleaning products and the byproducts of everyday life can contaminate indoor air. When the weather starts to cool off and we close up our homes and seal them against winter drafts, we also trap toxins inside with us. Central heat and air conditioning can make the problem worse by constantly recycling the indoor air.

Toxins commonly found in homes include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene

Plants that Clean the Air

When it comes to houseplants that can filter out toxins in your home, you have many to choose from including:

  • Spider plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Golden pothos (devil’s ivy)
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Peace lily
  • Dracaena
  • Chrysanthemum
  • English ivy
  • Rubber plant
  • Azalea
  • Bamboo palm
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Heart leaf philodendron
  • Gerbera daisy

When choosing plants, consider your lighting conditions, humidity, and how much time and energy you are willing to commit to their care. Some plants that are excellent for cleaning the air can thrive on little light and fairly negligent care, while others will need a devoted caretaker and controlled conditions.

Most importantly, if you have pets or small children, make sure you choose plants that are not toxic when ingested.

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