Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air, Allergies and Health

Indoor house plants can make a world of difference in your health.

From improving your indoor air quality to soothing your dry and irritated skin, you simply can’t go without some of these greenery items in your bedroom.

Choose one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square foot of your home for the most effective air purification.

Consider where you might place your plants and the amount of sun they will receive to ensure your plant will thrive in that area.

Make note of the water needed and write it on a calendar so that you can keep the watering schedules balanced.

Periodically dust the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins.

Cross-reference several care guides to check for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Keep their soil replenished with rich compost or compost tea. Avoid non-organic or synthetic fertilizers.

If you’re leaving for a few days and concerned about houseplants, consider covering each one with a plastic bag with holes poked in them. Makes certain the plastic is not touching the leaves. Place the plants in shady spots. The plastic will retain moisture and recapture some of the plants’ natural transportation. It’s creating miniature water cycles for each one.

Here are some plants to consider:

Spider Plant:  Best Plant To Remove Airborne Toxins.

Spider plants are an air-purifying plant that has been proven to remove airborne toxins in any room it is placed in.  It works to remove formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air in your bedroom. 

Spider Lily

Formaldehyde is a toxic gas that can cause irritation of your throat, nose, and eyes. This colorless gas can be found in a number of household products including fabrics, paper products, and particleboard.

Peace Lily: Small but effective.

Peace Lilies tend to be on the smaller side, making them perfect accents for those corners of your home that need a little extra life — but they are big with improving air quality.

Peace Lily

They help remove chemicals including ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.  Note that they do have a noticeable floral scent. These flowers thrive indoors in medium sunlight, and only need to be watered once a week. 

English Ivy: Helps remove mold andpollutants.

English Ivy will look good pretty much anywhere you put it, and it can remove harmful pollutants, too.

English Ivy

They rid benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. Studies have show English Ivy helps reduce mold. Like other types of ivy, it needs plenty of bright light, so put it in an especially sunny part of your home. 

Ficus/Weeping Fig:Low maintenance wonders.

Ficus Weeping Fig are low-maintenance, requiring little more than bright, indirect light. Beginner gardeners like them because you’re supposed to let the soil dry out between waterings. They are effective at filtering out common indoor air pollutants. 

Ficus Weeping Fig

Bamboo Palm: Occassional watering needed.

Bamboo Palm

Effective for removing chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air, bamboo palm makes a great houseplant, since it grows best in part sun or shade and requires only an occasional watering.

Boston Fern: Good under right conditions.

Boston Fern

Boston Fern likes to work under very specific conditions: in a cool, humid location with indirect light. Once those conditions are satisfied, they can put a significant dent in formaldehyde and xylene. 

Dracaena: Effective but be careful with pets.

Among the 40 variations of Dracaena plants out there — all of which are marked with long, wide leaves lined with white cream, or red — you’re bound to find one you like.

Dracaena

Caution: these plants are dangerous for dogs and cats. They also need even less water than other houseplants, and should do well with just a light mist any time the top soil dries out. 

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue/Snake Plant: A best option.

Theseare known as one of the very best options available for absorbing toxins like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene.

Mother in Laws Tongue or Snake Tounge

Although these plants prefer to have plenty of bright light, they can survive for long periods of time in low light, so they’re a great starter plant. Keep away from pets.

Pot Mum: NASA proven.

According to NASA research, pot mums are effective at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air.

You can also re-plant these them outside for some color in the garden.

They require a little more TLC than other house plants, since you’ll need to water them regularly. Keep them where they can get plenty of air circulation, and in a low-humidity environment. 

Aloe Vera: Good for skin and air quality.

Aloe is a champion for health and skin care. When it’s not working to remove formaldehyde from the air, it can be a beneficial part of your natural wellness routine.

Aloe Vera

The leaves of an aloe vera plant contain a clear, vitamin-rich liquid that can heal wounds, counter inflammation, and help skin conditions like psoriasis.

Simply place these plants in indirect or artificial light, and water them deeply but infrequently, and you should be set to go. 

Needs well-drained soil with slight drying between waterings, full sun is best with protection from high heats.

Golden Pothos: Good for amateurs.

Golden Pothos are especially hardy, and provide plenty of clean air in your home. As long as they get light water, they’ll flourish — and they’ll survive in almost any environment in your house.

Golden Pathos

Lavender Plant:  Best Plant For Deeper Sleep & Air Purification

There’s no better place to grow this plant than in the bedroom because of its calming effects on the body. It’s a nerve soother.

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As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

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