Common Houseplants That Can Clean the Air

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Common Houseplants That Can Clean the Air

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The last thing you’re probably thinking about in terms of survival preparedness is houseplants.  However, many common plants make for excellent natural air purifiers, and this is something to consider when faced with a situation where you’re bugging-in or will otherwise be spending a lot of time indoors.  Not only that, but you can use these plants now as a way to freshen and improve the quality of your indoor air as well.  Here are a few examples of some of the more well-known varieties that you can choose from.

Aloe Vera


In addition to being an important, must-have medicinal plant, aloe is also thought to pull certain chemicals from the air.  Additionally, the leaves absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen in greater concentrations than other, more-leafy varieties.

Bamboo Palm


These are the tall palm plants that are pretty common, and they also do an excellent job of absorbing contaminants in the air and replacing them with oxygen.  These plants are also thought to act as a humidifier as well as they release moisture.  However, they also need more water than your average plant in order to offset the moisture that they emit into the ambient air.

Chinese Evergreen


This particular species is known to be one of the proportionally-highest producers of oxygen.  They are also considered to be powerful air purifiers, and research suggests they can remove a wide-range of common toxins found in indoor air, including benzene and formaldehyde.

Date Palm


Some varieties of this palm plant are known to absorb a good amount of carbon dioxide while also removing xylene from the ambient air.  Xylene is a common chemical that is used in many plastic and synthetic products that are found inside homes.  Xylene is also something that air purifiers are not always capable of trapping.  Consequently, having a couple of date palms in living areas may reduce the amount of exposure that you encounter from this toxic chemical.

Gerbera Daisy


This is one of of those super-plants that not only produce quite a bit of oxygen, but they also absorb other harmful chemicals that other plants or purifiers miss.  This is particularly true of benzene, which is one of the most common, and toxic, chemicals out there.  Not only that, but this daisy variety also absorbs carbon dioxide and releases fresh oxygen at a faster rate than many other plants.

Boston Fern


Ferns in general are excellent air-recyclers and purifiers, but the Boston fern is considered to be one of the most efficient, as well as one of the best houseplants to have.  They are thought to be able to absorb and process a wide-range of chemicals and introduce a significant amount of fresh oxygen back into the air.  They also add humidity, which makes them an excellent option during the dry, winter months or in arid climates.

Other plants that are high on the list in terms of being able to improve indoor air quality include the baby rubber plant, the mass kane and the ficus alii. 

Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and almost any leafy plant will produce benefits to one degree or another.  It’s also important to remember that the benefits that you receive depend on how many plants you have as well as the size of your living space.  However, if you have enough of the right kinds of plants, their ability to keep the air fresh and clean can go a long way toward promoting health and well-being.