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4 most effective plants to purify the air indoors

Lisa Garden on 09-03-2018

Plants are a great way to keep your indoor air fresh, clean and pure. You don’t even need a lot of space in your house to have indoor plants. Have a window sill or a side table? You’re good to go. Studies infer that surrounding yourself with indoor greenery is actually good for your mental health. They make for great decorations too! Aside from restyling your indoor space into a more restful and relaxing ambience, indoor plants have the potential to reduce your stress levels.

There are plenty of indoor plants that could clear out the air of toxins and increase oxygen levels to keep you feeling energized. Let’s take a look at some of them:

1. Peace Lily plant

The Peace Lily plant is a great choice if you are looking for a plant that works its magic as an effective air purifier while boasting a stunning bloom. The scientific name for the peace lily plant is Spathiphyllum Wallisii. Peace Lily plants are pretty leafy but unlike most leafy plants, they can produce flowers even without lots of sun. Peace Lily plants can suck up various volatile organic compounds in the air that can be detrimental to your health including acetones, ammonia, benzene, xylene, methyl alcohol, formaldehyde and ethyl acetate.

2. Snake Plant

If you are looking for a low maintenance indoor plant, you would love to have the snake plant in the house. They are about as strong as they come. Although ideally, they require dry and warm air, they can tolerate cold temperatures pretty well too. If you don’t get ample sunlight indoors, the Snake Plant can do just fine without lots of sunlight too. Additionally, you don’t have to water this plant regularly because they barely require much water. These miniature vacuums can absorb acetone, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde from the air.

3. Aloe plant

You have probably heard of the various therapeutic properties of the gel of the aloe plant that could do wonders for your skins and soothe out cuts. However, the Aloe plant is also very good at monitoring the air quality in your home. If you have excess quantities of pollutants in your home from using all those toxic cleaning products, your aloe plant leaves will start displaying brown spots to indicate that the air is not safe to be around so you should probably crank up that air conditioner or allow adequate ventilation.

4. English Ivy plant

The scientists at NASA have ranked the English Ivy plant as the best air filtering houseplant there is! Need you know more? It is particularly successful in absorbing formaldehyde and its traces in the air. The English Ivy plant is a pretty easy and straightforward plant to grow that requires minimal care. It is incredibly adaptive and thrives in moderate temperatures along with medium sunlight. These woody vine evergreen perennials can brighten up your indoor space with its vivid green colour and freshen up the air continually.