With the EPA estimating that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than its outdoor counterpart, it’s important to take any help we can get with breathing at home or in the office. Common airborne pollutants include pet dander, pollen, and dust mites, but some of the lesser-known pollutants that pose a great danger to our breathing are chemicals. Formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene are just a few, but their presence can be detrimental to your health on a number of levels, respiratory issues being just the beginning. Along with a humidifier and purifier, houseplants lend a helping hand when it comes to ridding your indoor air of these hazards.
Below are a list of some of the best pollution-fighting plants on the market:
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum/A. modestum)
- Cornstalk plant (Dracaena sp.)
- Devil’s ivy (Epiprenmum aureum)
- Dwarf umbrella tree (Schefflera sp.)
- Fruit salad plant (Monstera sp.)
- Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron sp.)
- Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
- Snake plant (Sanseviera trifasciata)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Sward fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Spathe flower (Sapthiphyllum wallisii) or Peace Lily
Many plants have developed the ability to filter toxins from the air and water, according to a study conducted by The University of Technology in Berlin. For best results, these houseplants should be placed in direct sunlight.