These house plants will clean the air you and your family breathe in your home and will supply fresh oxygen throughout the day.
Indoor air pollution is a growing concern, with everything from cleaning products to carpeting and household furniture. Poor indoor air quality can result in significant adverse impacts on our health and environment. The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia is as high as $12 Billion per year.
The National Health and Medical Research Council, NHMRC, defines indoor air as air within a building occupied for at least one hour by people of varying stages of health. This can include the Home, office, classroom, transport facility and shopping centres.
The good news is that inadequate indoor air can be improved and some pollutants can be controlled very easily and effectively with these house plants.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
This fast-growing plant is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance, except for clipping its offspring (that grow from shoots) for repotting. It does best in natural but indirect light and shouldn't sit right in front of a sunny window. Spider plants help clean the air of formaldehyde, xylene, carbon monoxide and benzene.
A true sun-lover, aloe vera is a succulent primarily known for the gel within its leaves. This clear, slightly thick gel contains enzymes, vitamins and amino acids, making it ideal for healing wounds and burns. This naturally medicinal plant loves a sunny place next to a window, where it will work hard to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Growing anywhere from 4 to 12 feet tall, the bamboo palm is a stately plant that can be a focal piece all by itself. It thrives in anything from full to part sun, so it is suitable for many areas of the home. The bamboo palm helps remove formaldehyde from indoor environments, as well as benzene and trichloroethylene.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
The Chinese evergreen thrives in low-light, less-than-ideal conditions, making it suitable for most rooms of the home. One important note is that it can be toxic to pets and should be placed out of reach. This plant has an intriguing property of becoming more effective at removing toxins and pollutants the longer it is exposed to them.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
A hardy species, the snake plant does well in many sunlight and temperature conditions, but it prefers bright light and slightly drier soil. It is a powerful air cleaner, removing toxins like xylene, formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and nitrogen oxide. An interesting feature of this plant is its ability to work at night, since plants are typically only active during the day. While people are sleeping, the snake plant helps to remove excess carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen
House plants to clean indoor air is a cost effective, beautiful and natural solution. Indoor air purifiers are also an effective solution to purify and clean the air we breathe indoors.