Indoor plants provide not just aesthetics and a face- lift to your living space. These plants are known to make your home comfortable, far more breathable and luxurious too. Apart from the beauty it provides, these leafy friends are powerful filters that purify the air around us. If anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air at home, read on about some of these plants. Also, understand which specific pollutant each one of these indoor beauties targets and removes.
The palm family of plants, also known as Arecaceae or Palmae, is extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. These hardy houseplants are easy to grow and perfect for lifting people’s spirits and distracting them from otherwise drab surroundings. They are also known to be natural air purifiers. Palms specifically target and remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide (which is especially helpful if someone in your household smokes cigarettes).
The peace lily, a.k.a. spathiphyllum, is an ideal plant to have in your home if you love flowers but don’t want to buy bouquets that die after a few days. Spathiphyllum thrives in the shade in temperatures below 55 degrees F and removes harmful toxins that can cause you several illnesses.
These have a reputation for being a bit mundane but most people don’t realise that they’re actually fascinating plants that have survived since prehistoric times! They’re favoured for their soft, feathery leaves, and it’s those same large fronds that help rid the air of pollutants like toluene and xylene, which are found in many paints, nail polishes, and glues.
Schefflera plants are easily recognisable because they have glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine. They’re really hardy and long-lasting so they make great investment plants as long as you keep the leaves dust-free and wipe them down once in a while. In addition to looking great, they’re also known to soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene, so like palms, they’re good for households where there’s a smoker.
Anthuriums make lovely gifts because of their exotic-looking blooms, but they ain’t just a pretty face! Their large, dark leaves suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene, so they’re a thoughtful present for a workplace (especially around copiers, printers, or adhesives).
Pothos is characterised by its golden, heart-shaped leaves and is extremely popular in America and European countries. It’s a hardy plant that can survive in lower light and colder temperatures and is great for offices and homes since it rids the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.