NASA discoverd that some house plants not only absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but they also eliminate significant amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other chemicals from the air.
So , not let’s talk about plants that help clean these nasty chemicals out of the air. Interestingly enough, a lot of these plants might be toxic to cats and dogs (or even kids) if eaten, so do some research if you there’s a risk.
Snake plant, or mother-in-law’s tongue, is a very popular house plant that can be used outdoors in areas without direct sunlight. With it’s upright leaves it has a lot of architectural interest making it a popular choice for contemporary homes. Snake plant is a very effective indoor air cleaner against formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toulene.
Peace lilies help clean the air of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toulene, and ammonia. In addition, it helps get rid of acetone, a chemical released by electronics and certain cleaners. Peace lilies require shade and frequent watering. Keep dust off the leaves as well.
Indirect light and moderate warmth keep Boston ferns happy. They’re easy to find, inexpensive and can take some neglect. Boston ferns are some of the best filterers of formaldehyde, though they can also clean small amounts of xylene and toulene.
Gorgeous Gerbera daisies not only cheer up your home, but do it some good too. Gerbera daisies are rare plants in that htey also release oxygen during the night, so keep them in the bedroom for restful sleep. They need sun and water as soon as the dirt in the pot dries out. Gerbera daisies rid the air of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Red-edged Dracaena have a red edge that can add a pop of color to an indoor arrangement. However, these can grow very tall, so remember that as you decide to increase pot size. These plants filer formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toulene.
Chrysanthemums like sun and water as soon as the soil is dry an inch or so from the top. Inexpensive to buy at even grocery stores, this chrysanthemum not only has excellent feng shui properties, but it cleans formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toulene, and ammonia.
Though not part of the NASA study, aloe is extremely good at filtering formaldehyde. It loves sun so it is the perfect plant to keep near a kitchen window. Break off leaf to heal accidental burns and wounds as well — it’s dual purpose!
These gorgeous palm trees with their finger-like leaves do well inside the house without direct exposure to sunlight. Be careful not to soak the roots. Lady palms remove formaldehyde, xylene and toulene, but is an extremely efficient ammonia cleaner.
Golden pothos is a fast-growing vine that looks great in hanging pots or wherever it has the ability to cascade or climb. Consider placing golden pathos near the garage as it has an acute ability to clean benzene out of the air as well as carbon monoxide. Formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toulene are other chemicals the plan targets.
Philodrendrons are known specifically for removing formaldehyde from the air. With big, decorative leaves, they make for stunning container gardens indoors and out.