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Best air-purifying plants for indoors

Now that we are spending so much time at home, you might consider taking action to purify the air of your space. You might not typically consider this, but the truth is that toxins are held in carpets, furniture and even walls. These toxins can be responsible for exacerbating conditions like allergies, headaches, fatigue, and asthma. This is why we recommend buying plants that will not only make you feel at ease, but can also improve the quality of the air you breathe and, ultimately, improve your health. 

 

If you want to follow through with this, we recommend selecting from the special plants that we will list in this blog. We suggest placing two or three 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 sq ft as this will provide you with better results. 

 

Once you have decided which and how many plants to add to your space, we also suggest dusting them about once a month, depending on how much dust gathers in your home or office. Dusting the leaves of your plants will ensure that carbon dioxide can go in and clean oxygen can come out. 

With all of this in mind, here are the plants we recommend for indoor air purifying: 

Dracanea Arborea

This is one of the most effective houseplants for air purification. It can help remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide from the air. The reason why this is important is because these chemicals are linked to several health problems like headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease, and many others. They need bright, indirect sunlight and water between 2-4 times a month. 

Janet Craig

Also part of the Dracaena family, the Janet Craig is particularly good at removing trichloroethylene from the environment in which it lives. These are particularly effective in newly carpeted or newly furnished rooms where formaldehyde levels are at their highest. This plant requires bright, indirect light and water about once a week, depending on temperature and levels of moisture of the space you place them in. 

Heart Leaf Philodendron

This plant is perfect for a plant newbie due to its resilience. Ideally, it would be placed in an area where it receives bright, indirect sunlight. However, the reality is that it can thrive in many different levels of brightness and requires water only about once a week. This is another very effective plant for reducing levels of formaldehyde from the environment.  

Polka Dot Begonia

This beautiful plant looks almost like a work of art with its beautiful vibrant foliage, wing-shaped leaves and playful, eye-catching dots. However, besides adding color and beauty to any space, they also have purifying health benefits, as they will clean the air of the space you place them in. They prefer bright, indirect light and water only when the soil feels slightly dry, or about once a week. 

Money Tree Plant

This is another low-maintenance, beginner-friendly plant, that is easy to take care of and will bring health and mental benefits to your life. They are well known for purifying air polluted with synthetic chemicals from cleaning products. Feng Shui also suggests that it reduces stress and anxiety. They require bright, indirect sunlight, but are very adaptable, making them ideal for indoors; plus, water once a week, depending on levels of moisture in the space where it’s placed.