House plants have quickly taken over instagram with people posting up their trendy interiors, urban jungles and huge monsteras! Trust me we’d know coming from a bunch of plant enthusiasts. But did you know that House plants actually have some great environmentally friendly qualities to them that’ll help reduce toxins around your home.
Believe it or not, but studies show that we spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Thats a lot of time inside and if you don’t have clean air resulting in being exposed to indoor air pollution, which is a big no no! Don’t be alarmed! There is a way to combat air pollution and toxins that build up in your home.
House plants are an excellent way to purify your home and make your space more refreshing and healthy for you. Below we have created a list of air purifying plants of all shapes and sizes to help you find the perfect frond.
Mini Parlor Palm
The Mini Parlor palms are a great option for plant lovers who are looking for something that is easy to take care of, looks great AND helps improve the air quality around them. The key to these little ones is to not put them in direct sunlight as they will start to bleach. However, parlor palms transpire a healthy dose of moisture into the air, making it a welcome addition in dry winter months. These plants are non-toxic. so there perfectly safe for your pets and they help eliminate toxin's such as Formaldehyde, benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Xylene, Chloroform and more.
The Sansevieria Hahnii is a tough little succulent that is absolutely perfect for beginners who have no idea how to keep a plant alive. These little ones can survive tough conditions including a wide variety of temperatures. However, be careful not to over water them! These is the perfect plant for someone who very much lacks in the art of taking care of a plant but still wants to reduce pollutants in there indoor spaces.
Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese Money Plant is one of the most desired plants on social media, with its coin shaped glossy green leaves that can be super easily recognisable. These plants are generally very easy to take care of as you only need to avoid direct sunlight and rotate the plant every second day. Even though this is one of the most popular plants on the internet, they still contribute to removing toxin's such as Formaldehyde and Xylene from your indoor spaces.
The philodendron Birkin is a small but powerful little plant. As its leaves are also quite large for how small this plant is, it really does help reduce toxin's such as formaldehyde. These little plants are perfect for a bedroom or a study as they can help improve air quality whilst retaining their small size. They're also pretty easy to take care of as you only need to make sure they stay hydrated and have some nice indirect sunlight!
Philodendron Silver Sword
Philodendron's are wonderful air purifying plants and the Silver Sword variation is no exception! The Silver Sword's large leaves help inhale toxin's such as formaldehyde and eliminate them from your home! These plants are also a classic summer plant as it thrives in humid conditions, making it perfect for a larger room that might be more exposed to sunlight.
Rubber Plant Variegated
The rubber plant is one of the best indoor plants for removing formaldehyde from indoor air. This plant grows great inside and thrives in a temperature range of around 16°C to 27°C and can tolerate dim lighting. The trick for these is to avoid direct sunlight and keep an eye on them during dry hot conditions such as summer. Rubber plants are a super popular indoor plant that have some great air cleaning qualities to them.
Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants such as Formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, which have been thought to cause headaches and even breathing troubles. The hurricane fern is the perfect plant for those smaller indoor spaces such as a bathroom or small study as they don't need much sunlight or water for them to survive. These ferns also don't like hot, dry conditions, making them even more perfect for the bathroom!
Tienke Rubber Tree
The Tienke Rubber Tree are an ideal houseplant if you want something that is tough but can grow to amazing heights within a few years! The rubber tree has some air purifying qualities, its large leaves allow it to draw in large amounts of contaminates, making it super effective at cleaning the air. The rubber plant also kills bacteria and mold spores that float through the air, as this is part of a rubber plant's defence against potential hazards. A win win situation if you ask us!
Happy Plant's are guaranteed to bring joy and happiness to your indoor space! Alongside this, they also bring some great air purifying qualities by cleansing the most common air toxin, Formaldehyde. The Happy plant loves temperatures around the mid 20's and only need to be moderately watered. These plants have such a cheerful and lively presence and create a warm and inviting feeling due to there green leaves with bright green and yellow stripes.
Ficus Benjamina Starlight
The Ficus Benjamina Starlight is another fairly popular, low maintenance house plant that is a popular option for most people. According to NASA's Clean Air Study, the Starlight was effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. This plant is a low maintenance plant that needs good indirect light and only needs semi frequent watering. These plants also grow best in higher temperatures so they make an ideal plant for those hot and stuffy spots in your house.
We hope that this help figure out what you're ideal air purifying plant is! Still not sure which plant to order? Check out our Plant Match Quiz to find your perfect plant frond.
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