NASA and a multitude of other organizations interested in improving interior air quality have studied which plants are best to do just that. Here are some plants to consider investing in not only for the improved air quality, but also for the potential to improve mental health and longevity.
Snake plants are one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde. Another great location for a snake plant is the bedroom for they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night, which is the opposite of the pattern most plants follow.They do great in a bathroom with low light and steamy humid conditions.
Spider plants are hearty and easy to grow. They reduce benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene in your environment.
Aloe vera is an easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent that clears formaldehyde and benzene. It is a good choice for a sunny kitchen window.
The Chinese evergreen is an easy-to-care-for plant can that helps filter out a variety of air pollutants. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.
The bamboo palm, or reed palm, is excellent for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It is a great choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde too.
Peace lily is not only great for its name, but also it tops NASA’s list for removing all three of most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene. In addition this lovely plant does well in shade and with weekly watering they thrive
Lastly, the Boston fern expels mold and other toxins from indoor air. Plus, it’s sure to add to soothing green to your home.
There are other indoor plants that support healthy interior air quality. I chose these for their ease of care and relative safety for children and pets. Wishing you the delight and ease of green!