Outdoor air pollution is a concern for many. But did you know that indoor air pollution is also a thing? NASA performed a study on different plants that help to reduce indoor pollution. Read on for a selection of beginner-friendly, air-cleaning houseplants.
Aloe vera reduces formaldehyde in the air. Formaldehyde comes from wallpaper, paint, varnish and cosmetics. Car exhaust also contains this chemical, which you can track in from outside. The gel inside aloe vera leaves is known to heal wounds, too. The plant itself requires low maintenance and is drought tolerant.
This plant is popular and inexpensive, so it’s budget-friendly.
The chrysanthemum cleans indoor air by removing
ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Cleaning products contain ammonia. Benzene is found in dyes and synthetic fibers, along with some detergents. Xylene comes in gasoline and rust preventers. Chrysanthemums bloom colorful flowers in fall and summer.
The spider plant is excellent for beginners or forgetful plant owners. Its leaves spawn baby spider plants, too. It’s good for reducing formaldehyde and xylene in the air. This plant is also nontoxic to cats and dogs.
Also nontoxic to pets, bamboo palm is an easy plant to grow. It filters benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (a dry cleaning chemical). It is also a low maintenance plant that does fine in part sun.
The snake plant is also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue.” We’ll leave the explanation of why up to you. Also, it is one of the hardest plants to kill. Therefore, it is a good choice for beginners. It reduces benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. It’s also low maintenance.
Choosing any of these plants will reduce your amount of indoor air pollutants. Take care of these little beauties and they will take care of you back.