Five of the best plants to purify the air in your home
Anyone who has delved into the world of houseplants will recognise this one. With its lush dark-green leaves and bright white flowers, the peace lily is an indoor plant staple.
When it comes to cleaning the air, this plant is a multi-tasker. According to the NASA study, peace lilies work to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the environment. Even better – they’re pretty hard to kill, their distinct wilting a not-so-subtle hint when they need water.
Note: Peace lilies are toxic to pets and children, so keep them out of reach.
Another popular houseplant, the snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue) has a multitude of air-cleaning tricks up its sleeve. It removes formaldehyde, xylene and nitrogen oxides from the air, and at night continues its hard work. When the sun goes down, many plants release C02 into the air, but snake plants continue converting carbon dioxide into oxygen instead, so you might want to keep this one in your bedroom.
Again, they’re very hard to kill. Little watering is required, and they tolerate lower light levels. The dream for your bedroom.
If nothing else, devil’s ivy (also known as golden pothos) is just a very pretty addition to any room, with its variegated leaves perfect for draping gracefully from hanging baskets. However, these plants also filter formaldehyde, xylene and benzene from the air.
Note: Like the lilies, this plant can be toxic for pets. Stock up on baskets to keep them out of reach.