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Air-Purifying Plants for Your Home

Houseplants are not only a good way to make your home more beautiful and inviting, but these living decorations have another positive impact on your home: air purification. Leafy plants remove air pollutants by absorbing harmful gases through their leaves and root systems. Just as plants absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, they also absorb pollutants floating around in the air inside your home.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is probably the most popular succulent plant, due to the fact that it is very easy to keep them alive. They not only cleanse the air, but the aloe inside can be used for a number of health problems. You can break off a bit and use the gel inside to soothe kitchen burns or scrapes, to treat insect bites or stings, or to provide relief from sunburned skin. It is one of the best plants to help purify the air in your home because it actually produces and emits oxygen throughout the night. Keep one on your bedside table so you can breathe clean air while you rest.

Spider Plant

The spider plant (also called the airplane plant or hen-and-chickens) has long, green leaves and fleshy roots, which means it's perfect at removing toxins from the air. These plants are very easy to grow because they are tough and resilient and can withstand almost any temperature, hot or cold. They are best at reducing formaldehyde pollutants, which are brought into your house from insulation, cosmetics or deodorants, paper products, and tobacco smoke. Keeping a spider plant in the bathroom or kitchen will help to eliminate these air pollutions at the source.

Peace Lily

This plant does double duty as an air purifier and an embellishment in your home. They are as beautiful as they are practical, and they don't need much care to thrive. They like living in a shady space, so keep them somewhere out of the harsh midday sun. You will only need to water them once a week to reap their benefits of ridding the air of benzene pollution. Benzene enters your home in the form of paint, glue, detergent, ink, and furniture wax. Help combat this by placing a couple of peace lilies in your living room or dining room.

Gerber Daisies

Who doesn't love a bright, adorable daisy? Gerber daisies are cute, but unlike the peace lily, they require a lot of sunlight. The will brighten your living space while purifying the air around you as long as you keep them in moist soil without overwatering them. Like the aloe vera plant, these daisies do their duty during the evening hours, so they are great flowers to keep in your bedroom. These plants can help those suffering with asthma or sleep apnea, guaranteeing a good night's sleep to help you wake up feeling refreshed.

Last Updated: March 24, 2015