Although it might not be visible, the air you breathe carries contaminants that come in the form of mildews, pesticides, and gases. These fine particles can have effects ranging from mild discomfort and irritation to respiratory disease and cancer. Harmful agents like benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene can be introduced to your indoor air through household cleaners, personal care products, leather upholsteries, building materials, inks, and an array of other sources. But by adding some foliage and greenery to your indoor space, you can reduce these contaminants and breathe better, cleaner air. So head to your nearest home improvement store for some potting soil and organically improve your air quality with these plants!
These inexpensive plants are widely available and they blossom into a variety of hues from pinks to yellows, making them a very decorative addition to your indoor space. Aside from their aesthetic value, garden mums are also effective air purifiers. They’ve been proven to remove ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene. Mild to moderate care is needed to keep these plants alive indoors.
This succulent is hard to kill, making it perfect for those who want to improve their air quality without taking on another responsibility. Although Aloe Vera is well-known for its healing properties when it comes to cuts and burns, less attention is given to its knack for reducing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. These plants thrive best in sunny spots, and because they can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested, they should be kept up high and out of reach.
This attractive plant produces beautiful blooms that make it a lovely addition to any indoor space. Peace Lilies are hardy and forgiving plants that don’t require much upkeep, and they effectively work to reduce mold spores in the air. Place a potted peace lily in your bathroom to keep your tile mildew free. These plants are known to be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested, so try to select a place that your pets can’t get to.
This grass-like perennial is a powerhouse when it comes to purifying the air. Findings suggest that Spider Plants can remove up to 90 percent of the toxins in the air, and they are especially effective at eliminating allergens. Another benefit of Spider Plants is that they are virtually indestructible, so if you don’t have a green thumb, these resilient plants are perfectly suited for you!
This invasive plant might wreak havoc on outdoor vegetative environments, but indoors these plants successfully filter out formaldehydes from the air. English Ivy is also effective at reducing airborne fecal matter too. Because this plant is toxic to pets if ingested, keep them in a hard-to-reach area which shouldn’t be a problem considering they require very little maintenance.
This popular houseplant works to restore moisture in the air while removing benzene, xylene, and formaldehydes. So in addition to purifying the air, Boston Ferns also act as organic humidifiers! To keep your Boston Fern alive and thriving, it is important that you keep it well hydrated, which will be especially important during the winter months. Plant your fern in a hanging basket in a semi-sunny location.
This highly-recommended plant, also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is inexpensive and low maintenance. Unlike most plants, Snake Plants actually take in carbon dioxide at night and convert it to oxygen. In addition to boosting oxygen levels, they are also one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehydes. They prefer low light and thrive in steamy, humid conditions.
This easy-to-maintain plant is perfect for those who don’t want, or don’t have the time, to care for their indoor foliage. They thrive in low light and require a very laid-back watering routine. Chinese Evergreen works to remove many of the toxins that are introduced through household cleaners, and the longer the exposure continues, the more toxins they remove. Keep out of reach of pets as they are toxic to dogs and cats when ingested.
Improving the air quality in your RV can help you avoid both the short-term and long-term effects of breathing in bad air. So introduce some of these potted plants into your indoor space, sit back, and take a big, deep breath!