There’s no argument, fresh air is revitalising, healthy and makes us happier people!
But unfortunately, it can be hard to breathe in clean and natural air while we’re living in cities and densely populated suburbs. Thankfully, there are a selection of indoor plants we can grow in our homes to increase our supply to fresh, clean and natural air!
House plants are extremely useful additions to our homes. For one, they help reduce carbon dioxide levels and they also reduce airborne dust levels; Perfect for busy bees who don’t have the time to schedule regular spring cleaning at home.
Research shows that plants create a feeling of well-being and can reduce the level of stress in the workplace! Findings also indicate that plants in your workspace can also improve your creativity levels.
There are certainly some fantastic benefits to growing plants in the home and workplace. But before we dive into which plants are most compatible inside your home, let’s briefly explore what toxins may be currently in your home.
What Pollutes Your Home and Why You Need Indoor Plants
We tend to overlook indoor pollution because it’s less visible than outdoor pollution like exhaust fumes and smog.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t harmful pollutants inside our home.
You may not be aware but common cleaning products can introduce toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene into your home. Unfortunately, these toxins are present in most household sprays, disinfectants and household products.
So, what are the effects of these toxins exactly?
Ammonia is dangerous to your lungs while formaldehyde carries carcinogen that may be associated with some types of cancer. And, studies show that extreme exposure to xylene and toluene has neurological and psychosomatic risks which could lead to mental ailments like difficulty in memory.
Psychosomatic symptoms manifest in the form of headaches, excessive sweating, palpitations, fatigue, loss of libido, and vomiting among others, while, neurological symptoms include dizziness, numbness, weakness, peripheral neuropathy and facial paresthesia among others.
Renovating can also increase toxicity in your home as paints, glues and certain materials release benzene and trichloroethylene into the air. Benzene can harm bone marrow and can cause an individual to be exposed to benzene and potentially become anaemic. Breathing in trichloroethylene can result in dizziness or sleepiness while high exposure and excess inhalation may cause comatose and the damaging of the facial nerves.
So, needless to say, it’s best to take some steps to avoid these symptoms by growing indoor plants!
10 Best Indoor Plants for Removing Toxins at Home
Remembering all those complicated pollutants may be troublesome. But, one thing’s for sure…
We certainly don’t want all those toxins in our homes!
Here are the 10 best indoor plants that purify the air, and make us all happier and healthier.
1. Peace Lily
Peace Lily will surely bring you at peace with its serene colours and air purifying features.
The Peace Lily breaks down and removes indoor toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. It’s also known to remove alcohol, acetone and trichloroethylene. In fact, this unique plant even landed itself in NASA’s top list of air-cleaning plants. Say hello to more oxygen!
Moreso, a flower-bearing plant like the Peace Lily accents your home with a luxe minimalist vibe making everything less stressful. Even small spaces look nicer with a classic white flower in it and best of all, it’ll bloom your way to cleaner air!
Caring for the Peace Lily may be a little tough since it’s a tropical plant that needs high humidity and indirect sunlight. The Peace Lily is, therefore, better for those who are natural green thumbs as it requires frequent watering and a comfortable temperature range between 15°C – 23°C.
Schefflera is a popular choice for a house plant because it’s a native plant in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
It does an excellent job soaking up benzene, formaldehyde and toluene neutralising the air. The Schefflera plant has earned its nickname as the ‘umbrella’ tree due to its large green leaves that drape down like.. well, an umbrella!
It is relatively easy to care for a Schefflera as it’s relatively tolerant to most household humidity levels. However, it does prefer either medium or bright indirect light, and temperatures between 18°C-26.7°C but that’s about it.
The Schefflera will let you know when to water it more or less through the colour of its leaves.
3. Rubber Plant
Here is the perfect plant for those having a hard time keeping a plant alive!
The Rubber Plant, also known as the Weeping Fig (because its leaves fall off year-round), simply needs a place similar to what’s comfortable to humans. Like us, if it’s too hot, this plant needs to be watered daily. Otherwise, you need not worry if you forget to water it every day.
The Rubber Plant is the go-to plant for those lacking a green thumb but yet, would like to reduce formaldehyde levels in their house. Best known for its large, shiny and ultra-green leaves, the Rubber Plant works best for aesthetics!
Invest in this low maintenance plant that will surely make your household healthier!
4. Snake Plant
Black thumbs all shout hooray!
The Snake Plant is perfect for you. It lives despite sparse waterings and dim-lighted environments. It’s a plant you can even leave in the attic (but please don’t!).
This snake-looking plant is also known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue for its resemblance to a sharp tongue (say no more!). But like a.. (*ahem*) loving mother, the snake plant keeps you safe from toxins. Moreso, it produces a vast amount of oxygen and makes it easier for you to breathe.
Many say it’s a good plant to have as a bedroom plant to improve rest and sleep. Place it on your work desk so you could get some fresh air when you need to take a break from your boss.
5. Devil’s Ivy
A soft-looking plant that clears indoor toxins is the Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos.
Neglect it and it’ll still be happily growing it’s way up or sideways. So, if you’re new to caring for plants, this is the perfect plant for you! It’s a really easy plant to keep alive, even in low light apartments! But if you manage to kill it, please don’t buy another plant (just kidding!).
The Devil’s Ivy will be aesthetically pleasing anywhere in the house. Its leaves are always green no matter how uncared for they are. Make sure you try to limit the size of the pot so it doesn’t grow too much and take over your house!
The Devil’s Ivy prides itself for removing airborne toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and xylene. Studies show that car exhausts release formaldehyde toxins so you might want to consider placing this one in your garage.
Remember to keep a good eye on your pets or children! This plant is called Devil’s Ivy for a reason – so it’s best not to have this plant anywhere near kids or pets.
6. Bird’s Nest Fern
The Bird’s Nest Fern’s long, shiny and wrinkly leaves are too pretty not to miss!
Its features stand out so it’s ideal for making a statement in any room. Unlike the black-thumb approved plants, Bird’s Nest Ferns will require some tender loving and caring. It prefers indirect sunlight and a humid environment which means it’s perfect for the bathroom. It’s actually a perfect fit as the bathroom requires a lot of cleaning and is thereby full of unwanted toxins!
The Bird’s Fern Nest is excellent in removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Purify your bathroom air with this pretty and cute plant.
The Chrysanthemum is a flowering plant that accentuates your room.
Chrysanthemum is available in a wide array of colours to match with your space. It’s small-looking buds look similar to dandelions or hydrangeas. You could also mix-and-match its colours.
Chrysanthemum purifies your indoor air from formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, toluene, trichloroethylene and benzene. Chrysanthemums also humidifies the air releasing moisture vapour which is perfect in response to a decongested nose, respiratory problems, dry coughs and sore throats.
A moderate amount of watering is perfect for this houseplant along with direct sunlight. This is the house plant best suited for your window sills!
8. Daisy Gerbera
Gerbera daisy is the plant you absolutely need in your bedroom.
They release tons of oxygen that will refresh your bedroom’s air and help you breathe easier through the night. Moreover, the Gerbera removes benzene and trichloroethylene from the air, which means you will wake up with a better night’s rest.
The downside of a Gerbera plant is that it’s only known for a single blooming season… So after that… Well… Onto the next Gerbera plant?
Bright yet indirect light and moderate temperatures could extend this blooming flower for up to three years though. Add this to your handle-with-care lists.
Research shows that Geraniums are one of the best indoor house plants to remove formaldehyde. In addition to its air-purifying features, it has an aroma that repels mosquitoes (like Citronella!) and parasites. However, not all can stand such a scent.
Another one for the black thumbs, this indoor plant can live without water for up to two weeks. Yup, you read that right. It’s certainly a plant that gives you a lot of bang for your buck! Just remember to put it where the sun shines and your good!
Another flower-bearing plant to choose from, Geraniums would look pretty sitting in your living room – or by the window if you can’t handle the scent.
Did I mention that both the flowers and leaves of this plant are edible? I don’t know about you but this makes the Geranium one of my favourite indoor plants!
Kalanchoe has been dubbed as the least effective plant in this list at removing indoor toxins like formaldehyde. But, looking on the bright side, this little gem is extremely low maintenance!
While the plant does a decent job of purifying the air, it’s perfect for those who only have a little time to care for their plants. Plus, Kalanchoe plants only need to be watered once a week! If that’s not low maintenance enough, know that it only needs about 1-2 hours of direct sunlight.
Kalanchoe comes in different colours too. Match it with your preferred location or match it with the season. Doesn’t the red one remind you of Christmas?
Best Indoor Plants for a Healthier You
It’s a fact that toxins are all around us, even in our homes.
There’s no denying that we all want the best health for ourselves. So, it’s ideal to have a few indoor plants to help reduce the number of airborne toxins and improve everything from our mood, sleep and health.
Get one, two or twenty plants from our list this weekend!
If you are travelling, you’ll need someone to take care of your indoor plants! Why not find a local gardener on LinkU to look after them while you’re gone?
Did we miss anything? Let us know your favourite house plants in the comments.