House plants are a wonderful addition to any home. Not only do they provide a serene and ambient home environment, but they also complement the interior décor and are a sign of responsibility. Taking care of plants can sometimes be demanding, so it is only fair that you get something in return, such as cleaner and fresher air.
Some plants have been proven to help in purifying the air around your home. Moreover, most of them are easy to care for, even for a newbie plant parent. If you are thinking of getting a potted plant for your home, here are the top air-purifying house plants you can get.
- Spider plants
The spider plant is a plant with long green and waxy leaves with a streak of white. Spider plants give off jungle vibes, and the numerous leaves are aesthetic and fascinating to look at.
Spider plants are easy to care for. They require bright lighting and would be perfect for a house with big windows. They should, however, be kept away from direct sunlight. The plants grow easily and are not often affected by diseases. Care involves pruning brown leaves and watering them well but not too soggy as this can lead to root rot.
Spider plants help in purifying the air around you by removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
- Peace Lily
The peace lily is an adaptable and medium-maintenance flowering plant with an appealing scent. It has broad leaves that cluster as it grows. The peace lily requires quite some attention and is perfect for you if you’re looking to cultivate a healthy habit of watering plants often. This plant blooms with a white flower that produces pollen, and you should avoid it if you have allergies.
Care for peace lilies involves regular watering without over-watering and keeping it in a bright and shady place away from direct sunlight.
Unlike other plants, peace lilies produce oxygen at night. They also get rid of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene in the air, giving you unrivaled fresh air.
- Sansevieria (snake plant)
The snake plant is a particularly resilient plant that is perfect for newbies and starting plant parents. Like its name, its leaves bear a greenish pattern that resembles a snake’s skin.
The sansevieria is a very low-maintenance plant that has been known to withstand droughts. However, regular watering should bring out a luscious and healthy look. It prefers bright light but can also survive in low light.
Snake plants help rid the air around you of dangerous chemicals such as; benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, leaving your room fresh.
The aglaonema is a pretty plant with bright patches of colors that may vary depending on the species. It also has large, narrow, and glossy oval leaves on short stems. The aglaonema is also not demanding and can go a few weeks without water. Moreover, the aglaonema is a slow-growing plant and can take 2-3 years before you have to move it from its pot.
Care involves watering it a few times a week and cutting off any brown leaves. It also prefers warm areas with bright light; the brighter the patches, the more light it needs.
The snake plant helps remove common household air toxins formaldehyde and benzene. Its fruit is poisonous, and you should not get this plant if you have children that might eat the fruits.
The dracaena is an easy-going, low-maintenance plant that does not require a lot of care and attention. It is perfect for people with busy schedules who might be away from their house for several days in a week.
The dracaena can adapt to various light environments, but it is best when kept away from direct sunlight. Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves and the soil. It is advisable not to let the top of the soil dry out. Keep it watered but not too soggy as it can cause yellowing and drooping leaves.
This plant helps clear the air of toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.