These 10 Houseplants Will Improve Your Home Air Quality

They say that the pinnacle of adulthood is a household plant. Whether we keep them in the living room or the bathroom, we can’t deny the impact they have on our homes, both physically and emotionally.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Even if you have a habit of forgetting about your new houseplants, it won’t be easy to ruin this stubborn plant. With plenty of rich foliage and small white flowers, the spider plant battles formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene.

As an additional bonus to having the spider plant, it is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets at home. So, no need to hold off on one of these if you have a dog or cat. Keep them in a bright room without direct access to sunlight.


Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

This bright plant is perfect to keep in your bedroom or laundry room due to its ability to remove trichloroethylene. This means it filters some of the benzene that comes with inks. Just make sure you keep it next to plenty of sunlight.

These houseplants need at least six hours of sunlight each day to sustain them. What’s more, you’re going to want to keep them in a well-drained plant pot to make sure they can get a lot of water each day.


Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

The snake plant is also called the mother-in-law’s tongue – although we can’t imagine why! These houseplants are perhaps best known for their ability to filter out formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a common chemical in cleaning products, toilet paper, and tissues.

Therefore, the best place to keep a snake plant is in your bathroom – it loves the low light and steady humidity. These plants actually absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen at NIGHT as opposed to the day – so putting one in your room can help you sleep, too.


Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)

This is another perfect houseplant to have to balance the formaldehyde levels in your home. The vine grows quickly and will ultimately create a bunch of greenery hanging from baskets. Fun fact: the golden pothos stays green even out of sunlight!

The slight disadvantage of the golden pothos is that they are actually relatively poisonous to young children and pets. Something to consider if you are in a young family and have little kids running around!


Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

These bright houseplants can do more than just make a room look more colorful and homely. The blooms of Chrysanthemum help filter out benzene, often found in paint, glues, or detergent. This means it’s the perfect plant for living rooms or offices.

‘Mums’ come in almost any color (except blue), which means they’re the perfect addition to almost any room. If choosing a Chrysanthemum, make sure you get the floral mum and not a garden mum, which are better suited for outdoors.


Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

These distinct red edges of the dracaena make for a unique addition to any household room. In fact, they’re more than just a pop of color: these houseplants can grow as high as your ceiling! Red-edged dracaena can remove xylene, often introduced by gasoline or varnish.

This means that the best place to keep these impressive plants is a garage. Anywhere that hosts DIY projects and a high ceiling is the perfect place for these huge plants.


Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Keeping one of these figs in your living room will be the perfect way to filter out some of the pollutants that come with carpets or some furniture. Even though caring for one of these is a bit more demanding than other plants, it’s definitely worth it.

Weeping figs grow best when they are grown in a bright room with indirect light. According to the New York Botanical Garden: “It is challenged by dramatic temperature and light-level fluctuations.”


Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)

Welcome this amazing flower into your home and watch it fight against formaldehyde from things like foam and fly wood. If you’ve recently renovated your home, the Azalea is the perfect houseplant to clean the air around you.

If your home is dry, you will have to mist it every few days to make it a more friendly environment. Finally, make sure to clear any of if the dead leaves away – it will reduce the chances of disease.

English ivy (Hedera helix)

According to a study, English ivy can reduce the number of airborne fecal-matter particles in the air. So, we all know what that means. Keeping an English ivy plant in your bathroom will help filter out the air and freshen up the room.

Not all of us are such a fan of the English ivy. The National Park Service called it “an aggressive invader that threatens all vegetation levels of forested and open areas.” But don’t worry: keeping one in a pot at home won’t cause too much damage!


Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)

Some houseplants are better suited to tackle pollutants than others. The Warneck dracaena is a perfect example of this – even without direct sunlight. Due to the long, thin reach of this plant, its presentation is often pretty striking, too.

You’ve probably seen these houseplants around the block: they’re known for their white stripes along the edges of their leaves. If, for whatever reason, the white edges turn brown, you might need to change your water to bottled H2O.

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