Houseplants That Can Improve Your Air Quality-How Much Time Do You Spend Indoors?

Many of us spend most of our days inside, usually involving some type of work that we do. Many of us don’t realize this, but the air quality of the air we breathe inside all day is worse than that which is outside; and this is even the case for people who live in big congested cities as well.

Between the paint on our walls, the finish on our desks, the plastic our chairs are made out of and almost every other surface inside we are inhaling a tremendous amount of toxins. All of these things we find in our homes emit some kind of toxic fumes, which we are exposed to day in and day out.

Luckily however besides expensive air ventilation and filtration, there are natural ways we can use to go about cleaning our air and making it safer to breathe.

Many of these house plants you have seen thousands of times, either outside, in someone else’s house or just in a nursery that you simply haven’t noticed before. Here are the house plants everyone should own because of the contaminants they remove from the air:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is at the top of the list and for numerous reasons. First of all it is extremely easy to grow as it requires just some direct sunlight and needs to be watered very infrequently. If you are the type of person who worries about their plants dying because you forget to take care of them, the Aloe Vera plant is the perfect choice.

Aloe Vera is great at cleaning formaldehyde and benzene out of the air, both of which are well known carcinogens. These chemicals are emitted through smoke either from cigarettes, the stove or other combustion.

On top of its ability to clean out the air we breathe, Aloe Vera is effective in treating minor cuts and burns, accelerating the healing process.

Aloe Vera can be found at pretty much any local nursery.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is another great houseplant you want to buy to purify your air at home, and remove pretty much every indoor air contaminate that we want to eliminate here. These include benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

Spider plants are easily identifiable, and is probably something you would recognize by sight rather by name. They have long spider like leaves that typically have green edges and a white center.

Spider plants are best grown in indirect bright sunlight, and are very hardy plants which are easy to grow and maintain.

Golden Pothos

The golden pothos is another plant that is extremely effective in removing formaldehyde from the air. It is a fast growing vine that can be used for decorative purposes as well, as it is a very versatile plant in that regard.

Golden pothos is another plant that is also difficult to kill, in that it only needs a little bit of indirect sunlight and very little water to grow. The only thing you have to worry about when growing this plant is that it is prone to root rot so be careful not to over water.

Another thing to consider is that the plant can be potentially poisonous to small children and pets, so make sure to keep the plant out of their reach.

Jade Plant

The jade plant is another beautiful indoor house plant that is not only effective in cleaning the air, but can be an attractive center piece as well. It can be trimmed and hedged similar to a bonsai tree can, which makes it aesthetically pleasing.

On top of that, the Jade plant was arguably the best in removing carcinogenic aromatic structures from the air, most notably the toluenes, and xylenes.

Another thing to consider here is to use clay pots when possible, considering the chemicals that the plastic pots emit.

How Effective Are These Plants in Removing Toxins from the Air?

This process of removing toxins from the environment by use of natural means by biological processes is referred to either bioremediation or phytoremediation depending on the source. Either way this concept has been around for decades, and has been effective in reducing contaminants in the air.

If you are someone that regularly suffers from indoor allergies, asthma, headaches, dry or itchy eyes, reduced productivity among other things, you may be exposing yourself to too many of these indoor pollutants.

These symptoms sound common because they are, and many people suffer from them on a daily basis. By spending only a few dollars and buying these plants for your home, you can really improve your air quality and quality of life in return.