5 Air-Purifying Plants for Beginners
Plants make the world a cleaner, greener place in more ways than one! Today, we're diving into plants that actually clean the air we breathe, not only improving quality of life by brightening up the home, but by filtering out indoor pollutants. So, open up a window, let some fresh air in, and fill your home with a bunch of these easy-to-care-for beauties!
Also known as: Epipremnum aureum. Commonly called Devil's Ivy, Devil's Vine or Silver Vine.
How it helps: It helps purify the air of formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene.
About: This easy-care trailing vine thrives in bright, indirect light and fluorescent light. It is a tropical forest plant that comes in many different leaf colors and patterns. To water, simply wait for the plant to dry out completely before soaking. Fertilize monthly. The plant is poisonous, so keep away from kids and pets, and wash your hands after touching.
Also known as: Sansevieria trifasciata. Commonly called Mother-in-Law's Tongue.
How it helps: Shown to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
About: This west-African native plant also thrives in drier, sandy, well-draining soil. It can thrive in indirect, bright light, and the occasional full sun. It also comes in a variety of leaf patterns and thickness. Like pothos, keep away from kids, pets, and wash hands after touching.
Also known as: Chlorophytum.
How it helps: This green wonder reduces carbon monoxide and xylene indoor pollutants.
About: This hanging, trailing houseplant is popular due to its low-maintenance upkeep, and simple propagation (making new, young plants from your mature plant). Native to South Africa, this beauty thrives with regular watering and fertilization during warmer months. Soil should be fast-draining, and sun should be part-direct to semi-shade.
Also known as: Aloe barbadensis.
How it helps: This succulent helps reduce formaldehyde and benzene in the air. Plus, it's great for topical application to burns and skin care.
About: Native to hot, dry climates, this multi-use plant is believed to have originated in Spain, despite its scientific name directing us toward Barbados. Aloe doesn't need much fertilizing, perhaps yearly. Wait until it's completely dry before watering evenly, with well-draining soil, and crushed rocks at the bottom. In winter, it seldom needs watering.
Also known as: Hedera helix.
How it helps: They help remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from the air.
About: This woody, aggressive vine is often used as a ground cover in yards. However, they also make beautiful indoor plants. They enjoy partial shade or filtered light, and rich soil. They can be more sensitive while growing indoors, so be sure to keep them humid and mist often. English Ivies should be kept away from air and heat units, as it tends to upset and dry them out.