With indoor plants a fast growing interior design trend, air purifying plants will purify your air zone. What is more, the luscious plants enhance your aesthetic. If you are a plant lover, and home design enthusiast, then you might want to consider sprucing your home up with some of the top air purifying plants. A Clean Air Study, conducted by NASA, found that there are a range of air purifying plants that can detoxify air zones – removing dust, germs and airborne toxins.
How Many Houseplants Do You Need to Clean the Air?
Whilst it’s not easy to know exactly how many plants are required for effective indoor air purification, for every 100 sq ft, experts recommend two indoor plants. Additionally, plants that are larger and leafier are likely to have a bigger and better impact on improving indoor air quality.
Which Plant Purifies Air the Most?
There are various plants which feature air purification characteristics including:
1. Barberton Daisy
Ranking in the highest purification, Barberton Daisies are shown to eliminate toxins, including trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene (to name just a few). These toxins have known correlations to cancer diagnoses and ventilation issues. Best stored in a room where there is plenty of natural light. Keep soil moist but ensure the plant is well drained, to avoid waterlogging the soil.
Filtering out ammonia found in things like plastic, Chrysanthemums are one of the top five air purifying plants. Perfect for a living room or kitchen, cleansing the air of formaldehyde and other harmful toxins and carcinogens. The visual appeal of these bright blooms, with the added health benefits, make them the ideal choice for your home! Make sure you place in an area of good sunlight.
3. English Ivy
A Clean Air Study, conducted by NASA, states that this plant has benefits of cleansing toluene, xylene and benzene from the air. As well as reducing airborne faecal particles in your bathroom, this plant has been noted to reduce the levels of mould growth in the home. Sound perfect? Grab one for your bathroom! Water generously and give the Ivy four hours of direct sunlight per day.
4. Snake Plant
Ideal for the bedroom, the Snake Plant (or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) has many health benefits. Not only does it filter the air, it releases oxygen at night. This release benefits sleep, helping you breathe better at night. If you’re looking for a great night’s sleep, this plant is perfect for your bedroom. Be careful when watering as the Snake Plant roots are known to rot in moist conditions.
5. Spider Plant
Ideal for houses with pets, the spider plant targets toxins like carbon monoxide. Also known as Chlorophytum, this air purifying plant can remove around 90% of formaldehyde from the air (NASA Clean Air Study). Also, these plants are ideal for the evening as they increase the oxygen levels in the air – helping you breathe easier.
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