Using Plants for Air Quality

Breathing fresh air is important for health, but in the modern world a lot of dust and other pollutants are commonly found in homes and offices. You may notice that a lot of companies have plants in their building. While they do tend to look nice, they sometimes also serve a practical purpose. Certain plants are really good at improving air quality by removing all sorts of pollutants from the air.


Best Plants for Air Quality

Here’s a look at some of the plants that you should have in your home if you want to make the air more breathable.

  • English ivy (Hedera helix) – This is a very common household plant, but it’s one that actually helps remove all sorts of small pollutants from the air. It’s also very easy to care for once you have it in your home.

  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – This plant is also very common and easy to take care of and keep alive. In fact, you may have trouble getting it to stop from growing too much. A few of these hung around the house can do wonders for making cleaner air.

  • Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) – This plant is a bit exotic and you want to make sure you read up on how to care for it, but it can do a lot to help improve your air quality quite dramatically.

  • Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata’Laurentii’) – This plant may have a funny name (to some), but it’s also very common because it does a lot of work to clean the air in your home, improving the quality of the oxygen you’re breathing.

  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) – You don’t need to be sad all the time to enjoy this plant. In fact, when you realize all it can remove from the air making it easier to breathe free in your home, you’re going to be weeping tears of joy.

  • Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) – These can get a bit big, but if you have the room this is good because they’re going to clean more air. You’ll want to occasionally clean the leaves of dust, but this just goes to show how well they work at filtering your air without using electricity.

The thing to remember is that a single plant isn’t going to do the job most of the time. Depending on the size of your home and other factors, you may need a half dozen plants or even more to do the job of cleaning the air. This isn’t that difficult, however. You can even buy the plants in bulk occasionally and save quite a bit of money. The important thing is to get enough to get the job done.

Written By: Heidi Jones knows a lot about artificial grass because she went to Tampa, Florida one time with her boyfriend to learn more about it on a business trip. She wants to become a social media manager someday, but she’s not sure if she’s smart enough.

Erin Emanuel