Houseplants that Purify the Air

Peace Lily This is a short list of common houseplants which are known to help purify the air inside our homes.

Almost all of them are easy to care for, and have beautiful foliage and flowers.

If you need an empty space filled inside your house pick up one of these lovely plants to increase the beauty and air quality

Bamboo PalmBamboo Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Other names include: golden cane palm, areca palm, and butterfly palm

According to NASA and Dr. B. C. Wolverton these lovely plants are great at filtering xylenes, toluenes, and formaldehyde from the air. It is also a wonderful and natural humidifier. Once it reaches a height of 5’11” it is capable of transpiring 1 liter of water into the air every 24 hours.

Snake PlantSnake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Other names include: mother-in-law’s tongue

A study by NASA found that this elegant plant passively absorbs toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. It is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality.

Spider PlantSpider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants have been shown to remove many toxins in the air including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It is also rated one of the top three plants for the elimination of formaldehyde by NASA.

Peace LilyPeace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The whole genus of Spathiphyllumare is collectively known as peace lilies, and all common members are effective at purifying the air. They are a good all purpose cleanser destroying many things from mold spores to formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.

Gerbera DaisyGerbera Daisy (Gerbera)

All members of the genus Gerbera are simply beautiful, and are also adept at cleansing the air of benzene. They also up their carbon dioxide intake and production of oxygen at night which can aid in a peaceful night’s sleep if they are kept in the bedroom.

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