It’s finally spring season and we’re starting to see the flowers and plants blossom again. The Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air and they found out that several plants filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other studies have been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science proving that plants provide some benefits when placed indoors. Below are some of the best plants that can provide indoor greens right inside your living space.
The aloe vera plant is an easy-to-grow, sun-loving plant that can help clear formaldehyde and benzene that are by-product of chemical-based cleaners and paints. Placing an aloe vera plant in a sunny kitchen window can be a smart choice where you won’t need to move it every time where there’s sunshine. Aside from its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns. According to the National Institutes of Health, aloe vera has been used for more than 6,000 years by people in Egypt. They used it for skin conditions and to heal wounds. Today, aloe vera is typically used for sunburns, abrasions and other skin conditions.
Spider plants are a kind of resilient plant that you’ll have a hard time killing it even if you tend to neglect it. This plant has rich foliage and its tiny white flowers can help battle benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene (a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries). Aside from battling these harmful elements, the plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house. It is also easy to regrow by just cutting off the stem and place it in a pot. Spider plants thrive in cool-to-average home temperatures, grow well in dry soil and grow best under indirect sunlight.
Gerbera daisy plants are a bright, flowering plant which is effective at removing trichloroethylene that comes with your dry cleaning. It can also help in filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Placing one of these in your laundry room or bedroom can give lots of light. Sometimes called gerber daisies, this flowering plant grows better in well-drained soil, so the pots need to have drainage holes. Just be sure to mist leaves a couple of times a week and make sure that it gets at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. Its brightly colored flowers can last for two weeks.
The snake plant, which is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, is effective for filtering out formaldehyde that comes from some cleaning materials like toilet paper, tissues and other personal care products. It is best to place it in a bathroom as it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while filtering out air pollutants. It is also a good idea to place this sharp-leafed plants in your bedroom as it can help absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night.
Another helpful plant that is effective in tackling formaldehyde is the Golden pothos. This vine can create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. It is ideal to place this kind of plant in the garage because car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde. Also known as devil’s ivy, this plant needs bright, indirect sunlight and stays green even when kept in the dark.
If you want to give your living space a more colorful look and add a refreshing atmosphere, start making it green this spring! While you’re freshening up your home, check out our spring cleaning tips.