• Nathaly Riaño

Plants for indoor air cleaning? PART II

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

In part I of this Blog, we explained the importance of having indoor plants as air cleaners and purifiers and, therefore, as having a positive impact on health. This, according to the Clean Air Study published by the NASA back in 1989. If you want to know more about this and about risks in health due to the toxins in the air read Plants for indoor air cleaning? Part I.

On Part II of this Blog, we want to share with you the Top 10 plants for air toxins cleaning according to the study. Feel free to choose one or many of them to decorate and give positive vibe to any indoor environment, the more plants you have, the more benefit you'll get! Avoid using chemical sprays and remember: " If man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature's life support system" - NASA


1. Marginata

Dracaena Marginata

This plant can grow up to 15 feet of height, have wide leaves that accumulate dust and vacuum air toxins: up to 79% of Benzene in the air and 13% of TCE (Trichloroethylene) and Formaldehyde.

Requires a minimum temperature of 15ºC and grows up with a percentage of 75%of shade, which makes it an excellent match for indoor spaces.

*Toxic for pets: cats and dogs.

2. Corn plant

Dracacena fragrans "Massangeana"

Dracaena fragrans, most commonly known as "corn plant" is originally from Africa and its size of 4 feet tall makes it also perfect for indoor spaces. It is really easy to maintain as it doesn't demand much cares: requires low levels of watering and light and can easily grow and live in environments with normal humidity and temperatures from 15ºC on.

*Toxic for pets.

3. Gerbera Daisy

(Gerbera Jamesonii)

Daisies are specialists in oxygenation, while most of plants release oxygen during the day and rest a bit during the night, these flowers continue working whole night to help you breathe and sleep better.

They remove up to 68% of Benzene in the air, 50% of Formaldehyde and 35% of TCE.Their bright colors make them suitable for indoor spaces decoration, and as an additional benefit they provide nice fragrances to the rooms.

They grow up in temperatures from 13ºC and love direct sunlight.

*Non-toxic for pets.

4. Boston Fern

Nephrolepis Exaltata

Excellent remover of Formaldehyde, Xylene and Tolune toxins in the air, even though their ideal environment is not inside spaces because of their need of humidity, it is still a good option to place near bathrooms. It needs temperatures from 16ºC on, ideally, and an indirect access to sunlight.

It has a arc shaped form which gives plenty of possibilities for display. According to its size, it can be hanged or placed in a stand.

*Non-toxic for pets.

5. Pot Mom

(Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Pot Mom is not only an air purifier but also a medicinal and culinary plant in China. The NASA study found that chrysanthemums were effective at removing up to 53% of benzene from the air.

The flowers last about six weeks and remove up to 61% of Formaldehyde, 53% of Benzene and 41% of TCE from the indoor air we breathe.

*Toxic for pets.

6. English Ivy

(Hedera Helix)

Go and buy one right now, because this is one of the top plants in removing Benzene from indoor air: up to 90%! Benzene is one of the most common odorless pollutants found in inks, paints, plastic, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. Really bad for health!

Also removes xylene and toluene, formaldehyde and TCE.

*Toxic for pets.

7. Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema "Silver Queen"

This 3 feet tall tropical plant removes up to 47% of Benzene. Its tropical origin make it require of a warm temperature from 18ºC on. The leaves are growing up to become 30cms long and 8 cms wide, big enough to capture air and toxins.

Make sure your cat, dog or horse doesn't eat it, because it is toxic for them!

8. Mother in Law's Tongue

(Sansevieria laurentii)

This is of the best plants to purify air. Mother in Law's tongue removes 52% of Benzene in the air, 13% of TCE and also xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.

It is easy to grow as it demands a temperature of 15ºC in average and both sunlight and shades in same proportion. It grows up to 70cms and exists in different varieties for you to choose!

*It is toxic for pets.

9. Bamboo Palm

Chamaedorea seifritzii

Growing between 3 to 6 feet tall, the long, elegant leaves of this sturdy palm not only help you breathe fresh air, but are also an excellent spider mite repellant. It is an excellent moisturizer during dry seasons and removes Formadelhyde and xylene from air.

*Non- toxic for pets!

10. Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa"

Peace Lily is a tropical plant whose large leaves absorb all Benzene in almost 80%, TCE and other pollutants such as xylene, ammonia and toluene. Peace lilies love to live under a low and bright light with a slightly moist soil.

*Toxic to pets: dogs and cats.


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