Plants not only provide oxygen in the home or office, but they can also purify the air. That means cleaner and fresh air at home. Today I have found 7 air purifying plants for you so that fresh air can flow in through your nose again.
NASA research into air-purifying plants
Years ago, NASA researched which plants best purify the air in a space station, known as the Clean Air Study (this was back in 1989). Because yes – in space it is difficult to let in the fresh air. And so plants were a welcome addition to the room. And also at home, because if certain plants could purify the air in a space station, they can certainly do that at home.
Of course, it helps to let in some fresh air every day through windows, doors, and ventilation grilles. But if a plant can also purify some of the air, bring it on!
NASA came up with a whole list of air-purifying plants. NASA’s research is positive because researchers discovered that several plants can remove chemicals from the air, such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. And let this just be chemicals that you often find in the house.
Benzene and trichloroethylene are solvents found in different materials. For example, benzene is found in plastic, paint, and pesticide, and trichloroethylene is also used in glue, varnish, carpet cleaner, paint remover and as a solvent in inks.
Formaldehyde is found, among other things, in glue and resin used in the production of chipboards and wood panels and pre-glued floor coverings or wallpaper.
Formaldehyde is a well-known headache trigger. Formaldehyde is a gas used in the production of leather or carpet and is found in many households.
And if there are plants that can contribute to purifying the air, I can only applaud that. Below is a list of 7 air-purifying plants, each with its specialty.
The spoon plant (or the Spathiphyllum) is one of the most famous air-purifying plants. The plant removes harmful substances from the air and helps to improve the humidity. The spoon plant is also at my home and is very easy to maintain.
The spoon plant needs little light and if the leaves start to droop a bit, give the plant some water again. The leaves find their way back up in no time.
The grass lily, also known as Chlorophytum comosum, is a plant that is easy to keep alive. It is a resilient plant that does a good job of filtering formaldehyde from the air.
So you don’t have green fingers, but you want a plant that purifies the air for you? Then the grass lily is one to keep in mind.
The ficus comes in many shapes and sizes and is an air-purifying plant that is quite easy to maintain in itself. A focus does not need to be put in the spotlight if necessary, it thrives best in a semi-shady to a shady spot in the house. Besides, a ficus needs little water.
Dwarf date palm
How plants sometimes get their name is always the question. In any case, this palm has nothing to do with dwarfs and nothing to do with dates. Too bad, because I appreciate a date plant.
Anyway – this dwarf date palm is an air-purifying plant that can grow up to 2.5 meters high. The palm is known to purify the indoor air well, especially to purify xylene from the air.
The Sansevieria (also called the female tongue) converts CO 2 into oxygen at night. In principle, the women’s tongue can be placed anywhere in the house, provided the room has a pleasant temperature. A place in the sun, shade, or somewhere in between is a great place to let the Sansevieria be your natural air purifier.
6. Dragon’s blood tree
The dragon blood tree is also known as Dracaena marginata and is a perfect plant that is good at removing the toxins xylene and trichloroethylene. This plant (or tree) prefers a semi-shady spot in the house and needs enough water – wet soil is recommended, not too boggy.
I took a cutting from this plant from an Airbnb where I stayed in Malaga last year. The plant is now growing rapidly. The Epipremnum aureum removes several toxic substances in the home and is very easy to maintain.
In my favorite coffee shop in Delft, there is also an Epipremnum aureum and it winds through the whole thing. I will give it some extra plant food soon because I want that too.
I love plants! Do you also like green at home? And do you choose your plants especially for their air-purifying qualities or do you buy a plant mainly because you like it so much?