Think about your day and the amount of time you spend indoors. The average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors! Did you know that indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health? Stagnant indoor environments allow air pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we should be breathing in.
The good news is, there’s an easy and affordable way to combat these air pollutants, and NASA can prove it! Below is a list of 5 houseplants that rank among NASA’s list of powerhouses to clean air. The best part? These plants are also almost impossible to kill!
1. Garden Mum. In NASA’s research, the garden mum removed ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. These popular and inexpensive plants can be found at garden stores and even grocery stores and can be planted outside after they’ve finished blooming.
2. Spider Plant. This houseplant is incredibly easy to grow and loves bright, indirect light. They are great for removing formaldehyde and xylene from the indoor air.
3. Ficus. This low-maintenance houseplant can grow between 2 and 10 feet tall, and thrives in bright, indirect light. It also thrives best when the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. Ficus plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
4. Boston Fern. Boston ferns prefer a cooler location with high humidity and indirect light. They’re pretty easy to grow, but do need their soil to stay moist. They are also excellent removers of formaldehyde and xylene.
5. Aloe Vera. Not only is aloe vera easy to care for, it packs some serious health benefits. The plant’s leaves contain a clear liquid that is full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that help heal wounds, is antibacterial, has anti-inflammatory properties, and of course, removes formaldehyde from the air.