Seven Beautiful Air Cleaning Houseplants

Improve air quality with plants that look great and clean the air

Improve air quality with plants that clean the air.

If you are looking for a simple way to improve air quality in your home or office, then a few houseplants could be your answer.

A NASA study compiled a list of air-filtering plants that included some house plants. The selected plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, as all plants do, but these plants also eliminate a significant amount of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Benzene is found in gasoline, ink, oils, plastic, and rubber. Formaldehyde or trichloroethylene is in paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives.

NASA suggest one plant per 100 square feet of home or office. So, for a medium size kitchen of 200 - 225 square feed you should have two plants. For an office, a single plant can improve your breathing air.

Here is a short list of air cleaning plants.

Bamboo Palm A potted bamboo palm adds color and warmth to any room. While most houseplants need lots of bright indirect light, the bamboo palm can thrive in low light conditions. Of course, the more light, the taller it will grow.

Chinese Evergreen Houseplants often are finicky and require lots of light, the perfect temperature, humidity, and more. Caring for this plant can make novice gardeners look like experts. This tropical foliage plant is one of the most durable and forgiving houseplants you can grow. It tolerates poor light, dry air, and (some) drought.

Gerbera Daisy Growing gerbera daisies inside is a bit more tricky, but if you can provide the right growing conditions, this plant can survive for two or more years.

The Gerbera Daisy requires a combination of bright light and moderate temperatures. A spot on a sunny window is not ideal for this plant as it can get too hot. A place that gets lots of light but no direct heat is best. FYI, temperatures above 70 F will be too much for the daisy to thrive.

Dracaena Beautiful, colorful, with strap-like foliage that appears on many dracaena varieties. Many Dracaenas are large, almost tree-like plants. However, there are a few varieties that are available smaller and ideal for growing in a pot.

Snake Plant
The Snake Plant is a forgiving plant that one can neglect for weeks, and yet it still looks good. This plant also can survive in low light and drought. So a good choice for most.

Indoor Mum Potted mums are not the same as the hardy varieties that go into garden beds. This species is sensitive to cold and light changes. Growing them indoors is relatively easy and requires little care beyond watering.

Peace Lily My favorite by far. The peace lily is a popular choice for office and home that is easy to take care for. However, this plant comes with a warning. Keep peace lilies out of reach for small children and pets, as the plant contains calcium oxalate, an irritant, and toxin.