It seems like succulents, cacti, and small house plants, are a staple of almost any millennial home at this point. Not only are they adorable, but they’re a great way to add life and character to any room. Most who decorate with them forget though, that while they may be house plants, they’re still doing what they do best; purifying the air. They can be particularly helpful removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde.
Household cleaners, building materials, fungi and bacteria, all of these things contribute to low-quality air in your home. Often we think that we’re safe from harsh chemicals or pollutants if we’re indoors, but that isn’t the case. Luckily the solution does not have to be complicated. If you’re already growing your plant family, or even if you’ve killed every plant you’ve ever owned, check out our top picks for plants that clean your air and look great.
- Snake plant – Let’s start with the easiest one. Snake plants look stylish, compliment nearly any space, and are almost impossible to kill. Best of all they help to remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from your air.
- Boston Fern – The Boston fern requires a bit more moisture than the snake plant, and it is overall a bit more high maintenance. However, it also removes more formaldehyde from the air than any other houseplant. For those unfamiliar with formaldehyde, it is a compound often used in household building products, that has also been linked to cancer. Yeah, not good.
- Aloe Vera – As if we needed another reason to start growing aloe vera. Not only does it have tremendous benefits to your skin, hair, and immune system, it also helps to remove formaldehyde from the air. So if you’re looking for a plant to really get your money’s worth out of, Aloe Vera is the way to go.
- Spider plants – Here’s another one with tremendous air quality benefits that is also pretty much impossible to kill. Give this plant some natural light and average temperatures and it will help remove formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from your air.
- If you’re looking for something to add color to a room as well as cleanse it, chrysanthemums are great at removing benzene from the air. Plus, provided they get the right amount of sunlight, their beautiful flowers can help to liven up any room.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the plants you can pick up to help remove harmful toxins floating around your house. Plants really are one of the easiest and most beautiful ways to detox the air in your house naturally.