5 Houseplants that are great at filtering the air | So Health Co.

We all know that plants produce Oxygen, right? Well if you didn’t know, now you do. By using the energy of sunlight, plants can convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen this process is called photosynthesis.

Pretty cool huh? And we all love a bit of extra Oxygen, because;

  1. We need Oxygen to breathe
  2. Lots of Oxygen makes the air in a room feel cleaner and less toxic 

Some plants, however, go beyond producing Oxygen, they can also filter the air we breathe removing nasty chemicals or bios that we just don’t need to be breathing in.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to 5 superhero plants that you need to have in your home now as they're awesome for filtering the air around you.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant

We're all familiar with the Spider Plant. With leaves that can stand on their own rigid and sharp or curly and loose as shown. These plants are extremely popular to suspend in indoor hanging baskets. They filter out formaldehyde, xylene and toluene chemicals from the air. 

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Now you've probably never heard of this shiny leaved friend but the Golden Pothos is mighty as it filters out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene chemicals. It may look basic but it manages to do a sweet deal for us, so lets so it so love.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Now we all know this one. The popular and rightly so, Aloe Vera. Used by many as a natural sunburn remedy - the sap inside the plant works wonders on tight and burnt skin - but this is also a superhero in other ways. It filters out benzene, formaldehyde and most interestingly it converts C02 to O2 during the night instead of the daytime. So grab one of these and put it in your bedroom or maybe a few of these!

Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Mother-In-Law's Tongue

No, this isn't some twisted joke. This is a real name for a plant. Not to be afraid of like the name suggests but this fiery green friend filters out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene. Mothers-in-law are not as bad as we make out.

Areca Palm

Areca Palm

We left this one for last, not because it's the best of us all, it really isn't it's just very plain sailing. But it's really great at purifying for general air cleanliness. It's also known to act as a natural humidifier - that means it keeps the air moist - which is particularly useful in hot summer months.

So that's it, our round-up of the 5 Houseplants that are great at filtering the air. So if you're keen to introduce some greenery to your home and embrace the sustainable living ethos, head down to your nearest garden centre and look for these green superheroes. 

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1 comment

Lee Parker

I’m so glad I found this! I have Aloe Vera all around my home already, now I have support for my reasoning 😂

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