When you look at all the things in your home that are probably making your indoor air unhealthy, it can seem pretty dire.
Everything from carpets and curtains to cleaning products and furnishings is almost certainly contributing to a less-than-ideal indoor environment.
That’s why the best indoor plants for improving the air in your home are those that aren’t made of artificial materials and don’t need artificial lighting, water, or other care.
A houseplant is a perfect solution—especially one of these easy-to-care-for favorites, which also have some serious air-cleaning abilities.
In fact, just having a few plants around will help improve the quality of your indoor air.
- 1 Geraniums
- 2 The Aloe Vera
- 3 The Aglaonema
- 4 Azalea
- 5 The Moon Flower
- 6 Boston Fern
- 7 Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (or Sansevière)
- 8 The Chlorophytum
- 9 The Chamaedorea
- 10 The Dracaena
- 11 The Ficus
- 12 Ivy
- 13 Phoenix
- 14 The Palm Tree
- 15 Others
- 16 Our suggestions for cleaning your house
Geranium is considered the #1 home purifier. Its capacities for chemical treatment of polluted air are impressive. This plant eliminates ammonia, formaldehyde (formaldehyde), benzene, and xylene.
The advantage of this depolluting plant is that it is very popular and inexpensive!
The Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is renowned for its cosmetic virtues, but this plant has another secret: it can effectively destroy the formaldehyde present in the air inside homes.
Note, when you decide to buy an Aloe Vera, you should know that it is a plant that requires good exposure to the sun and well-drained soil.
It is the perfect depolluting plant to place in your living room.
Thanks to the high quantity of oxygen emitted, the Aglaonema plant has purifying properties. It can eradicate benzene and formaldehyde, but also other toxins.
This plant will thrive in full shade.
Place the azalea in the kitchen or bathroom to benefit from its ability to absorb ammonia. Attention, if it appreciates the humid atmosphere, this plant does not support the excesses of heat!
Namely, the azalea tolerates smoky places well.
The Moon Flower
This plant is often found in offices, and for a good reason. Besides the fact that it is magnificent with its beautiful white flowers, it is very useful for cleaning up interiors.
It is particularly effective in combating ammonia, benzene, formalin, and trichloroethylene.
It is a plant that likes light but without being in direct contact with the sun and appreciates humidity.
This plant likes cool places. Therefore, place it in the bathroom, a suitable place with indirect light and high humidity. It removes pollutants such as xylene and formaldehyde present in the room.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (or Sansevière)
Mother-in-law’s tongue, also called “sansevieria,” is an excellent internal depolluter. Studies have shown that this plant removes toxins from indoor air, including formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.
Its dark green leaves grow vertically and are mottled with light green and yellow. It only needs little care, little light. In short, she is doing very well on her own!
Chlorophytum, also known as spider plant, is very easy to grow. From its flowers are born small seedlings which will later turn into roots. Enough to grow other natural air purifiers in the house! It is an ideal depolluting plant for the kitchen, bathroom, or living room.
This type of palm is the most effective at filtering formalin.
The Chamaedorea does very well in full sun, tolerates direct light very well, and can grow up to 4 meters high (you have been warned)! It also purifies the air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene.
Also, read about other exotic types of palm.
There are more than 40 kinds of Dracaena, so you can easily find plants that will easily fit into your interior. This plant removes benzene, formalin, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air.
The Dracaena can be placed in the living room, bedroom, or office.
Be careful; this plant is toxic to cats and dogs! Better to opt for another plant from our list if you have a pet.
The Ficus is one of the favorite plants of the French, and there are many of them in interiors, in the corner of a room.
These are plants that can reach up to 3 meters high to dress the walls of your house nicely. This plant needs filtered light, frequent watering, and rich soil.
The Ficus Robusta acts on the quality of the air by emitting a large quantity of oxygen. The air is purified thanks to the elimination of formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
English ivy is a great air purifier. It can remove formaldehyde and benzene. This indoor plant requires moderate watering and a temperature between 15 and 21°C.
It can be placed in the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or office.
This species of the palm tree is rarely found. When in bloom, the grayish-green leaves of the phoenix palm will turn yellow. This tree can reach a height of 1-2 meters and it has leaves up to 120 cm long.
The Palm Tree
The Areca palm is an air purifier that acts on a large number of toxins.
The advantage is that the effectiveness of this plant grows at the same time as it! The Areca palm is moderately heated tolerant, so it prefers partial sun and well-drained soil.
This plant can be placed in the office, bedroom, or living room.
Other plants are effective in purifying the air inside your home. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for in our selection, here are some others:
- Anthurium ;
- Dieffenbachia ;
- Rubber ;
Our suggestions for cleaning your house
As stated previously, these plants have true cleansing effects for the inside of homes, but they are not magical.
Plants cannot replace proper ventilation!
They collect pollutants on a far smaller scale than the air we breathe.
Ventilation and aeration continue to be the most effective methods for indoor cleansing air.
Here are our recommendations for cleaning your interior and improving your air quality!
1. Don’t smoke inside!
This is the initial action!
The cigarette smoke particles adhere to clothes and furniture and continue to intoxicate you long after the space has been adequately ventilated!
2. Favorite eco-friendly household items
Environmentally friendly cleaning solutions are non-toxic, especially if they contain eco-labels (NF Environment or European eco-label).
To reduce pollution in your home, use only all-natural, eco-friendly materials.
3. Stop employing perfumed candles
When burned, the perfumes of scented candles, incense, and Berger’s lamps produce hazardous chemicals (benzene, formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde).
Replace these goods with environmentally conscious organic essential oils!
The ideal remedy is the daily ventilation of all rooms for at least 15 minutes, regardless of the weather or fine particle pollution peaks.
Additionally, avoid warming your home and inspect ventilation systems.