14 plants that improve air quality

In the late 1980s, American scientists from NASA began to study the ability of plants to purify the air for subsequent applications in the space industry. This is how mankind learned which indoor flowers purify the air most effectively.

Aloe (Aloe vera)

This easy-care, light-loving succulent neutralizes formaldehyde and benzene from cleaning products and paint. Aloe would be great on a bright kitchen windowsill, and in addition to its air-cleaning function, it also has the healing properties of its pulp.

Chlorophytum comosum

Can’t boast about responsible plant care? Chlorophytum is just right for you. One of the “unkillable” indoor flowers will enrich the air with oxygen and save you from benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene fumes – solvents used in printing and leather and rubber production.

Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii)

gerbera for air purification

Bright, daisy-like flowers, gerberas are especially effective against trichloroethylene, benzene. The plant does not tolerate stagnant water, so take care to have drainage in pots. Spray the leaves several times a week and provide at least a 6-hour day of light. Gerbera flowers remain open for 2 weeks.

Sansevieria trifasciata

Widely known since Soviet times, the mother-in-law’s tongue will clean the air from formaldehyde, which is contained in large quantities in cleaning compounds, napkins and toilet paper and other personal care products. Therefore, the best place for sansevieria in the bathroom, and the lack of light she tolerates without complaint. You can also use it in the bedroom – it will not only give you fresh air but will be a nice addition to the decoration. Unlike the main mass of room flowers sanssévieria absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night, not during the day.

Scindapsus aures

This amazingly hardy plant serves as a powerful weapon against formaldehyde. Scindapsus needs a bright room and careful watering. Be aware that it is poisonous – it is best to keep it away from children and pets.

Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

Chrysanthemum for air purification

Bright chrysanthemum flowers are much more than a fragrant decoration for offices and living rooms. They reduce the benzene content of glue, paint and plastic in the air. Chrysanthemums prefer bright places, and direct sunlight is just necessary for the opening of the buds. The wide variety of petal colors includes almost the entire spectrum except for the blue shades.

Dracaena marginata

The red border on the dracena leaves serves as a bright accent in the interior, and the tree can eventually reach up to the ceiling in height. In air purification, the plant “specializes” in xylenes, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

Ficus (Ficus benjamina)

By far one of the most common species in indoor floriculture. It filters the air from formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. At first the care of ficus can be difficult, but once you learn to understand its needs for light and watering, it will reward you with a lush crown. Please note: The sap is poisonous.

Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)

azalea for air purification

Bring this magnificent flower into the house to get rid of formaldehyde. Azaleas thrive particularly well at 15-18 °C and in bright, diffused light. If humidity is low, spray the leaves every few days. Fertilize in late winter and early summer.

Ivy (Hedera helix)

Ivy will clean the air from the formaldehyde in cleaning products. In nature it is considered a rather aggressive plant, occupying large areas in forests. However, in a pot it will not give you any problems.

Aglaonema Crispum

This unpretentious plant effectively fights a number of harmful impurities in the air and can bloom even with a minimum of light – the aglaonema is able to grow where other plants can’t survive. Being from the tropics, it prefers moist air or spraying of the leaves.

Chamaedorea (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

A compact palm will do well in the shade. In the list of plants that clean the air from benzene and trichloroethylene, chamedorea ranks among the top ones and also fights against formaldehyde emitted by furniture. The palm native of Mexico and Central America thrives particularly well in bright, diffused light and moist air, but overwatering is undesirable.

Philodendron oxycardium

Because of the poisonous sap of the climbing plant, it is better to give up if there are children or animals in the house. Otherwise, it actively fights many kinds of harmful impurities in the air and does not require complex care.