Air pollution is a major issue and can damage our health. Since Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, the air quality of our homes is very important—more important than the air outside. Air pollution is caused by a number of factors, but thankfully, there are ways to clean your indoor air, starting with the plants you purchase. Here are three plants you should consider adding to your decor to preserve your apartment’s clean air.
1. Gerbera Daisies
These beauties can add a splash of color to your apartment while cleaning your air. In a NASA study, gerbera daisies were found to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. In addition to their cleaning properties, they are easy to care for; all they need is some sunlight. The best part is that they aren’t harmful to your pets or the little ones.
Warneckii is a beautiful succulent with pointy leaves proven to remove toxins from the air. It is also easy to care for and grows well in both low and high levels of light. Succulents are desert plants and don’t require a lot of water, so be careful not to overwater them. Also, try to keep it away from dogs and cats, as it is known to be slightly toxic to them.
3. Mass Cane
The mass cane plant, also known as the corn plant, is extremely effective in removing chemicals from the air—particularly formaldehyde. If you could only choose one plant to grow in your home, this should be it. It’s minimal-maintenance, making for a great beginner plant. It prefers indirect bright light, but low light is fine as well. The best part is that you only have to water it once per week. Note that this plant can be mildly toxic to cats and dogs, so keep it away from your furry friends.
Adding plants to your indoor living spaces improves the aesthetics of your home while preserving clean air. Choose one (or more) of the three plants above that fit best with your lifestyle, and let it work it’s magic! Your apartment’s air will be cleaner in no time.