Bringing the outdoors in: The best indoor plants to help clean the air in your home

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Posted 24/10/2019 by E.ON

As well as brightening up the place and being part of your interior decoration, plants are an excellent way to keep the air in your home clean from air pollutants.

The most common indoor air pollutants are:

benzene (used in detergents, plastics, and synthetic fibres)

formaldehyde (found in MDF and plyboard used to make furniture)

trichloroethylene (in wood finishes, adhesives, paint removers, stain removers)

xylene (household cleaning products, car polish, shoe polish)

toluene (nail polish, glue, stain removers)

ammonia (oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, furniture polish)

As you can see, air pollutants are found in many of the things we use indoors on a regular basis. So which plants should you have and what rooms should you keep them in to help keep these pollutants under control?

According to the NASA Clean Air Study, which was focused on how to keep the air clean and healthy in space stations, there are a number of common plants that have a great effect on indoor air quality.

Florist Chrysanthemums

These pretty flowering plants remove all of the major pollutants listed above. They are best placed all around your home but be careful with them as they are toxic to cats and dogs so put them out of reach, or consider a pet-friendly option instead.

Easy to grow in a sunny spot and great at cleaning formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Plus the gel inside the leaves can help heal cuts and burns and can also be used as a natural moisturiser.

Aloe Vera

Easy to grow in a sunny spot and great at cleaning formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Plus the gel inside the leaves can help heal cuts and burns and can also be used as a natural moisturiser.

aloe vera plant

Peace Lily

This is another plant that soaks up all the common pollutants so you can have them all around the house. With their glossy green leaves and pretty white flowers, they look good everywhere and are easy to care for. But again, they're not good for your pets.

peace lily plant

Red Edged Dragon Tree

This popular indoor plant is easy to care for and good for removing all toxins apart from ammonia. They grow fast too so will be working really hard to clean the air for you everywhere - apart from the kitchen and bathroom where you need an ammonia fighter to combat those cleaning products. Again keep them away from your furry friends.

Spider Plant

This fast growing plant is pet-friendly as well as air friendly. It soaks up all the pollutants bar ammonia and looks great up high in all rooms as it grows downwards. You only need to buy one plant too, as they quickly sprout baby spiders which can be put in their own pots to grow.

These five plants will not only clean your air, they all look completely different and will be a lovely addition to your home.

Find out more about how we’re working to raise awareness about air pollution and how our solutions can help.

 

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