Top plants to clean the air in your home

The air we breathe is made up of mostly nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%) and a few other common gases, but it can also contain unhealthy chemicals such as benzene (found in plastic, tobacco smoke and synthetic fabrics), xylene (found in leather and paint but also vehicle exhausts) and ammonia (found in cleaners, floor waxes and fertilizers). Air also contains suspended dust, spores and bacteria, as well as water. 

In this list our home insurance provider, RSA are sharing a selection of attractive plants that are known to be efficient at removing impurities from the air in your home as well as looking lovely in some funky pots. Plants are known for processing carbon dioxide, through photosynthesis, and releasing oxygen, but scientists discovered that certain plants are better at absorbing other gases and toxins found in the air. The following six air-purifying plants are effective in filtering harmful toxins and pollutants from the air.

English Ivy
This cascading beauty can become a hanging plant in your kitchen. It grows best with moist soil and direct sunlight each day. But, be aware that the leaves are toxic if eaten so it should be kept away from pets and children.

Aloe Vera
A fast-growing decorative plant that can produce a soothing gel for your skin if you break the leaf in half. The leaves from Aloe Vera are also toxic if eaten so it should again be kept away from pets and children.

Chinese Evergreen
This plant requires a bit of effort to provide the right growing conditions such as light, temperature and humidity. Despite being a bit difficult to grow, it’s an excellent plant for purifying indoor air. Chinese Evergreen leaves are also toxic if eaten so keep away from pets and children.

Boston Fern
This fern is a subtropical plant that will require a good amount of humidity to thrive. Once it grows, it’s a beautiful hanging decorative plant.

Spider Plant
Native to Africa, the spider plant is a fantastic hanging plant. This species is very easy to grow and it will flourish in a well-lit living room or bedroom.

Bamboo Palm
This plant thrives in shady indoor spaces so it’s a great addition to any bedroom or bathroom. Keep the leaves and soil moist (but not wet) and in indirect sunlight for a healthy plant. 

If you enjoyed this article you might want to read our six tips on becoming more eco-friendly and also RSA's top tips for deep cleaning your house

House plants to purify the air

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