Indoor plants are beautiful, and they add decorative elements to any room. They are also helpful for cleaning and improving the air quality of your home. Most plants release oxygen into the air, but there are some powerhouses that can remove harmful chemicals and toxins, too. Here are five beautiful indoor plants that can help improve air quality.
1. Spider Plant: Spider plants are popular, inexpensive, hearty indoor plants that thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Spider plants are air-purifying champions that remove pollutants like formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and benzene chemicals from the air.
Decorating Tip: Spider plants feature long, free-falling leaves, and as they grow, they naturally cascade that makes them the perfect plant for a hanging basket or displayed in a decorative pot on a high shelf.
2. Peace Lily: The peace lily is an elegant, beautiful plant that neutralizes toxic gases like carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air.
Decorating Tip: Display a peace lily on stacked books on an end table to add height and dimension to an office or family room.
3. Gerbera Daisy: Gerbera daisies are bright cheerful bloomers that remove trichloroethylene and benzene from the air. They also enhance a good night’s sleep by producing oxygen at night and absorbing carbon dioxide.
Decorating Tip: Instead of a traditional pot, plant a single Gerbera daisy in a vintage teapot and display it on a bedside stand or desk.
4. Heart Plant: The heart plant features deep beautiful green, heart-shaped leaves and has the exceptional power to remove harmful VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde, from inside air.
Decorating Tip: Display in a decorative pot with a pole in the center. As the heart plant grows, it will wrap around the pole, creating a focal point for a foyer or entryway.
5. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is a popular, easy-to-grow succulent that has properties to soothe a burn, but also the clear the indoor air of benzene found in paint- and chemical-cleaning solutions.
Decorating Tip: Create a centerpiece container garden with a variety of different succulents, including aloe vera showcased in the center.