Air Purifying Plants Buying Guide

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Air Purifying Plants Buying Guide

Houseplants don't have to be just for decoration; they can also serve an important purpose in your household. Perhaps the best example of this is air-purifying houseplants. Find out more about how these plants work and which kinds you should buy.

How Do Air-Purifying Houseplants Work?

Air-purifying houseplants freshen the air in a room through the process of photosynthesis. When this process occurs, the plant actually pulls formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and other volatile organic compounds from the air. Those compounds are then absorbed into the soil instead of being breathed in through your lungs.

Fun Fact: NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors actually discovered how air-purifying houseplants work in the late ‘80s when they were searching for a way to purify the air in space facilities.

Types of Air-Purifying Houseplants

One of the great things about air-purifying houseplants is that there are so many options out there. That makes it easier to find a plant that fits you décor and space. Here are some of the top options for air-purifying houseplants:

  • Areca Palm: This is a larger plant that humidifies the air while removing carbon dioxide and toxins in the air.
  • Snake Plant: Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this plant adds oxygen to your room as you sleep, making it a great option for the bedroom. This plant also does well in a humid environment and needs little light, so it will thrive in your bathroom.
  • Money Plant: This plant is great for decorating since it grows long, beautiful vines. Consider draping those vines across the tops of bookcases or cabinets for a natural look.
  • Aloe Plant: This plant is easy to grow and does best in a sunny window. You can also use the aloe in the leaves to heal cuts and burns.
  • Spider Plant: This plant is ideal for those who have a hard time keeping plants alive. In addition to having beautiful foliage, the spider plant is also very resilient and requires little care.
  • Gerber Daisy: If you love colorful pants, then the Gerber Daisy is a great air-purifying plant for your home. It’s great at removing trichloroethylene from the air, which can come home on your dry cleaning. Add one in the laundry room or bedroom as long as you can get it lots of light there.
  • English Ivy: Believe it or not, English Ivy can actually filter some airborne particles of fecal matter. Place one in your bathroom where it can gets lots of sunlight.
  • Peace Lily: In addition to being on the top of NASA’s list of best air-purifying plants, these flowers are elegant and beautiful. It also only requires watering once a week, so it’s very low-maintenance.
  • Reed Palm: This is a large plant that is great at pulling toxins from the air. It also has a lovely appearance due to the flowers and berries that it can grow. The reed palm grows best in a shady place.

Caring For Your Air-Purifying Houseplant

The methods you’ll need to use to care for your air-purifying houseplant will vary based on what type of plant you choose. For example, English Ivy needs lots of bright sunlight while the Snake Plant needs little light to survive. Check the tags on your plant or ask at your local greenhouse for information on how much sunlight and water to provide your plant with.

There are a few things that these plants have in common when it comes to their care, however. First, you’ll want to make sure they are placed in potting soil — this is different from gardening soil, so check the labeling on your bags of soil carefully. You can also use special lights to provide them with additional sunlight. Finally, don’t let your plants become overcrowded or weighted down. Take part of the houseplant and plant it in a different pot if the original gets too big.

As long as you’re going to put plants in your house, why not make them air-purifying plants? Air-purifying houseplants are generally easy to care for, and they provide important benefits for your home. These plants can be found both online and in local greenhouses and plant nurseries. 

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