How Indoor House Plants Clean the Air

 

Indoor plants that clean the air help reduce the effects of exposure to indoor pollution. In addition, plants absorb Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde. VOCs are found in many household products such as paint and cleaning materials.

Furthermore, negative ions produced by some indoor plants purify the air. Also, plants remove toxins and neutralise dust, mould spores and allergens. In addition, plants help to keep the air fresh and make the environment feel uplifted. Also, plants emit moisture which helps to counteract dryness in the atmosphere.

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Top 6 Indoor House Plants That Purify the Air

Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)

The areca palm is one of the best indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins. The areca palm is consistently rated among the best house plants for removing all indoor air toxins. Scoring an overall rating of 8.5/10. 

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Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde, Toluene and Xylene. 

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstered Furniture, Fabrics
  • Adhesives, Stains & Varnishes, Paint
  • Degreaser
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Computer VDU Screens

 

Health Effects

Formaldehyde, Toluene and Xylene. 

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.
  • Slow reaction times
  • Mental Sluggishness
  • Accident Prone
  • Confusion
  • Nausea

Lady Palm (Rhapis excels)

Lady Palm is one of the best indoor plants that clean the air. It is one of the easiest plants to care for and scores 10/10 for resistance to insect infestation. The Lady Palm has one of the best overall ratings at 8.5/10 and a rating of 7/10 for the removal of chemical vapours. 

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Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde and Ammonia.

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstered Furniture, Fabrics
  • Adhesives, Stains & Varnishes, Paint
  • Used to manufacture synthetic fibres, textiles, pulp and paper.
  • Window Cleaners, Cleaning Products
  • Floor Waxes

Health Effects

Formaldehyde and Ammonia.

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.
  • Breathing Problems
  • Burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

The Bamboo Palm is one of the best indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins. It is a favourite plant for homes and commercial spaces due to its overall ease of care, scoring an overall rating of 8.4/10. Also, it has one of the highest ratings for chemical removal at 9/10.

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Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde, Benzene and Trichloroethylene.

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstered Furniture, Fabrics
  • Adhesives, Stains & Varnishes, Paint
  • Gasoline and other fuels.
  • Adhesives, Stains, Varnishes, Paint, Furniture Wax
  • Detergents
  • Floor Coverings
  • Particleboard, Ceiling Tiles
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Dry cleaned clothes
  • Spot Removers
  • Fabric/ Leather Cleaners

Health Effects

Formaldehyde, Benzene and Trichloroethylene. 

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Carcinogenic
  • Headaches, Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Anaemia
  • Breathing difficulties

Rubber plant (Ficus robusta)

The rubber plant is a hardy indoor plant that cleans the air and removes toxins, it can tolerate less light, and cooler temperatures. Above all, it is especially effective at removing formaldehyde, one of the most common VOCs that cause indoor air pollution. The rubber plant scores 9/10 for removal of chemical vapours and maintenance. 

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Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstered Furniture, Fabrics
  • Adhesives, Stains & Varnishes, Paint

Health Effects

Formaldehyde

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.

Dracaena Fragrans’ Janet Craig’ Dragon Tree

The “Janet Craig” is a popular plant for homes and offices – because it can tolerate neglect and will still thrive in spaces with less light. In addition, the “Janet Craig” is one of the best plants for removing trichloroethylene. 

%

Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene.

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstery
  • Stains & Varnishes, Paint
  • Degreasers
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Computer VDU Screens

Health Effects

Formaldehyde, Toluene and Xylene.

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids.
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Impaired Co-ordination
  • Mental Sluggishness
  • Accident Prone

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum, Bingo Cupido)

The peace lily is a powerful indoor plant. It is one of the few air-purifying plants that flowers yet still has a high chemical vapour removal rate of 7.5. Furthermore, the peace lily is easy to grow and has a high resistance to insect infection. In addition, the peace lily is one of the best indoor plants to remove indoor air pollutants.

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Toxin Removal

Toxin Removal

Formaldehyde, Acetone, Benzene, Methyl Alcohol, Trichloroethylene.

Toxins Found In

  • Floor Coverings
  • Chipboard, Plywood, Pressed Wood, Particleboard
  • Upholstered Furniture, Fabrics
  • Adhesives, Stains & Varnishes, Paint
  • Nail polish remover
  • Particleboard
  • Paint Remover
  • Cleaning Products, Polish
  • Lacquer
  • Varnish Removers, Adhesives, Paints, Furniture Wax
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Floor Coverings
  • Particleboard
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover
  • Colognes & Perfumes
  • Hair Spra
  • Dry cleaned clothes
  • Fabric / Leather Cleaners

Health Effects

Formaldehyde, Acetone, Benzene, Methyl Alcohol, Trichloroethylene.

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Skin Irritation
  • Coughing, Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Possible Carcinogen
  • Increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids
  • Headaches, Dizzyness
  • Irritation in nose, throat and skin
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness & Confusion
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Carcinogenic
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Irritation of mucous membrane
  • Headaches, Dizziness
  • Anaemia
  • Breathing Difficulties

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