Air is something what every human needs the most. without water or food you can be without any serious problems for few days, but without air you can live only minutes. I think that demonstrates the best how important air is for us. We breathe all the time and of course even when we are sleeping and that means that if we breathe air that is not clean we are constantly absorbing into our bodies bad stuff and sooner or later it will have negative impact on your health. Of course when you live in area with bad air you cannot protect yourself everywhere you go, but at least at home you can do a lot to breathe clean air. you can buy air cleaner, but that can be very expensive or you can try some air cleaning houseplants and that would be much cheaper. Here is list of 15 best air cleaning houseplants. You can really trust these results, because most of them has been done by NASA scientists when they have been looking for some ways how to create environment in space suitable for humans. I’m sure that you will be surprised that some of these plants are really extremely efficient.
1. Ficus Tree (Ficus benjamina)
Ficus tree is very well known for its ability to clean toxins from air and also increase level of oxygen in air.¨
2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Formaldehyde is something what we really do not want to breathe and this plant can help with that. In fact this plant is so efficient in it that NASA placed it among top three houseplants with this ability.
3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
This is another plant that has been investigated by NASA and provided great results in cleaning air from nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
This is really amazing plant, because it can do many things and is really easy to care of. It removes from air benzene which is known carcinogen. It also removes from air mold spores. this is great for any environment with high humidity such as your kitchen, bathroom or laundry rooms. It can also remove from air trichlorethylene, which is chemical substance you can find in various cleaners in your home. It also clears air from acetone, formaldehyde and alcohols.
5. Mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
6.Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
This beautiful plant is well known for purifying the air in your house from various chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene, or benzene.
7. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
This houseplant is exceptional, because it received from NASA rating 8.5 of 10, which is the best score. It is one of the easiest houseplants to care for and what is even better, it is highly resistant to attacks from most plant insects. It is also known as one of the best plants for purifying air, because it removes from air variety of bad stuff.
8. The Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Together with Lady Palm, Areca Palm is the winner according to NASA and truly the best air cleaning houseplant. It does not only work as air purifying plant, it also is known as the most efficient air humidifier among all houseplants. So this plant will keep your house moist during winter and times air at your house is dry, but it also removes toxins from the air at your house or office. It is so powerful humidifier in fact, that it can completely replace you electric humidifier.
So those are top 8 air cleaning houseplants, if you do not have any of these at your home, than I strongly suggest you to get some, because they are all easy to care of and not only will clean your air from pollutants, but they are also beautiful, so just having them around you will make your life slightly better.
(all pictures from wikipedia)