Air purifiers are extremely good at cleaning the air, but if you want to clean indoor air in the ‘greenest way’, house plants are a good alternative. NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America examined common houseplants to find out which of them are the most effective at removing pollutants. Here is the list of seven house plants that proved to be good air-cleaners:
1. Bamboo Palm
This small palm that was especially popular as a houseplant during the Victorian era features long, slender leaves. What’s great is that the bamboo palm is very undemanding – it likes dry soil, low light, and infrequent fertilization.
2. Peace Lily
The peace lily is also very undemanding and prefers low light. Plus, it blooms throughout the entire year. This house plant gets rid of many chemicals, including benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
3. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
This house plant with leaves in a variety of dark green and silver green colors is extremely durable and can survive almost any conditions. If taken care of, it can be your favorite house plant for decades.
4. English Ivy
Unlike many other vines, the growth of English ivy can be controlled and you may rest assured that it will not overpower other plants. This popular Ivy eliminates xylene, formaldehyde and benzene, which makes it very useful in a room with plastic furniture, printers, fax machines and computers.
5. Corn Plant
This tall-growing house plant is a little factory converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. However, the corn plant requires rich soil for full development, and quickly exhausts it.
6. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
Unlike the previous plant, the mother- in-law’s tongue is very easy to grow. It is a good choice for dim spots and is practically indestructible.
This house plant with shiny and dark green leaves is quite popular and hard-to-kill. The philodendron is especially good at filtering out formaldehyde found in carpets, floor coverings, fabrics, and pressed wood.