Air Purifying House Plants

The world is certainly not going to get any cleaner. In desert-like countries like the United Arab Emirates and so on, the air is certainly very contaminated with dust. In many other countries like China and third-world countries with a lot of factories, the air is indefinitely too toxic to live a normal, healthy life.

Here is everything you need to know about air cleaning plants:

What are air-purifying plants?

Picking up from where we left, air purifying house plants are – as the name suggests – plants that are intended to help clean the air in a house. For as long as humanity itself, mankind has never created a perfect substance. Even though there are man-made air purifiers, they are made from plastic and other materials that can release free radicals of plastic that are too dangerous to breathe in. They also consume electricity which is a by-product of burning fuel or from dams that are built with concrete. Concrete is made by burning a huge amount of energy. In simple words, there is always some artificial area where mankind will always hurt the environment. Cut, and cue the light to the center of the stage because it is finally time to let nature deal with nature. Air cleaning plants or air purifying plants are natural plants that can absorb toxins from the atmosphere. Think of them as natural, noise-free air purifiers that cost next to nothing to build and have no maintenance fees except probably for the shape and size.

History of NASA Clean Air Study:

The year is 1989, mankind has already taken a few too many steps on the moon so it keeps sending random animals for purposes we have yet to figure out. Perhaps it’s a conspiracy. We bet that NASA was running low on funds and they just wanted to entertain their investors and the general public. Anyways, a report from BC Wolverton was the first major indicator of how air purifying plants could be used to clean indoors from toxins. It is officially dubbed as the NASA air clean study or NASA Clean Air Study. Apparently, because NASA was so invested in this project, they did another research paper in 1993 and Wolverton deemed it to be profitable if he even wrote a book on it. A totally independent study from NASA air clean study– whatever helps these plagiarism-lovers sleep at night – was done in 2004 and also showed that some plant species could remove benzene – a toxin – from the air. Types of air purifying house plants: Would you believe us if we told you that a banana is a bona fide air cleaning plant? Yeah. Same. Bananas can help remove Formaldehyde from the atmosphere. Just don’t put your banana out for too long or it will rot and smell worse than any toxin you can find. Formaldehyde is extremely toxic and dangerous as a vapor because the gas is colorless and can cause bronchitis, pneumonia, eye irritation, and a variety of other issues.


Here are some of the other air cleaning plants:


Devil’s ivy – alternatively known as pothos, it can help remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, carbon monoxide, and benzene.

English Ivy – can help remove benzene, carbon monoxide, humans if consumed, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Weeping fig – officially a Ficus because it can grow up to 10 feet tall. Can remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.

Cornstalk dracaena – just don’t let your animals eat these, otherwise, they can help remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Chinese evergreen – often found as an extract in detergents and cosmetics, this plant is a potent toxin cleanser.

Mother-in-law’s tongue – whosoever nicknamed this plant as snake plant needs a raise. It can remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and toluene.

Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is not only good for the face and the tummy, but also for the environment as the plant can help remove multiple toxins from the atmosphere.

Spider plant – literally one of the easiest plants to home and super good for cleaning the air around you. 



Benefits of house plants:

Other than removing toxins from the air, there are many other benefits of house plants too. Some of these benefits of house plants are as followed:

House Plants For Mental Health

There may be a placebo effect being in place here, but many people have reported feeling a lot better and at peace when they had oxygenating plants in their houses. Studies even show that people with house plants had productivity level improvements of over 15% from those who did not.

Decorate Your Home With Living Finishing Touches

Everyone loves the color ‘green’ except probably Red Hulk and Sinestro. These oxygenating plants add flavor to your house and help look your house look less empty.

Reported Healing Powers Of Plants

Research shows that patients who had plants in their rooms showed better health recovery as compared to those whose rooms did not have any. It might be because plants are shown to help with psychiatric conditions, lower anxiety, and help people who are suffering from depression.

Bring Peace To Your Home

Plants can help jazz up and fill your room. Plants are natural absorbers of light and sound, so they can help houses stay echoless. Using house plants can help dramatically reduce noise levels indoor. Additionally, plants are also shown to help make speakers sound better in closed rooms.


Final Thoughts:

The benefits of house plants are great. From helping to remove toxins from the air to maintain your house, trees are like nature’s gift for you. Because of the ever-so-diminishing levels of clean air, it might soon become mandatory for people to have oxygenating plants in their homes.