As I told you in the post about threats to your indoor air quality, I am now going to show you the plants that are scientifically proven to help you out in this case!
Plants are overall great and I love to have them anywhere around me but they all have their special features and if you know them you can use those plants to make your life better. It is proven that plants enhance your mood and please the eye but we are focusing on their ability to clean the air here.
Below is a list by Dr. B. C. Wolverton from his book “How to Grow Fresh Air” including the TOP 10 air cleaners (he offers insight into 50 beneficial plants in his book).
- Lady Palm is one of many palms that made the list and is unbeatable for removing ammonia.
- Rubber Plant outperforms all the Ficus plants tested for removing toxins, especially formaldehyde. This one is a burgundy rubber plant.
- Boston Fern tops the list for removal of toxic formaldehyde. It even adds humidity to the air, another good-for-you quality.
- Peace Lily is one of the leading all-around blasters of acetone, alcohols, benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and xylene.
- Corn Plant ranks near the top in all categories, especially formaldehyde.
- Dragon Tree proves to be a dynamic air-cleaner of xylene and trichloroethylene. Caution, this one can become really big.
- English Ivy is not only a vigorous climber, it works hard to remove many toxins, especially formaldehyde.
- Pygmy Date Palm has a high overall ranking, and is especially effective at removing xylene and toluene. Caution, can also become huge.
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum is one of the primary air-filtering plants, whisking away formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene.
- Weeping Fig nears the top for removal of formaldehyde. It also works wonders at purifying the air of ammonia, xylene and toluene.
As you can see, some plants are good for removing formaledhyde, some are better for reduction of benzenes and so on. Pick out those that suit you optically or choose a special one if you know what toxins are in your home the most BUT try to have as many plants in general as possible at your home and office. If you want to completely clean the air from all toxins you would have to cover all your floor with plants (very unpractical). Fortunately there are many pretty hanging plant pots available 😉