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Air Pollution: Top 10 Indoor Plants to get rid of Pollutants inside Your House

Chintu Das
Chintu Das
Indoor Plants

Air pollutants inside your homes have been positioned among the top environmental dangers to your general well-being. Breathing and functioning in places with harmful substances in the air and which lack fair ventilation can cause sickness such as headaches, giddiness, nausea, and irritation of the ear, eye, and nose.  

Environmentalists recommend that, apart from removing carbon dioxide and delivering oxygen, few of the indoor plants may likewise provide a characteristic method of eliminating poisonous agents such as benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air.  

10 plants that are best in removing pollutants from the air 

- Areca palm: 

Scientifically known as Dypsis lutescens removes contaminants like toluene and xylene from the air. When the plant reaches a height of around 6 feet, it transpires a litre of water per day that makes it a good humidifier for your house. Other names include yellow or butterfly or cane palm. 

- Boston Fern: 

Scientifically known as Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis is effective in removing pollutants such as xylene, toluene, formaldehyde and germs and other bacterias existing in the air. The same blossoms well in shade as well as under artificial lighting. Other names include Boston Blue Bell Fern, fishbone fern and ladder fern. 

- English Ivy: 

Scientifically known as Hedera helix is one of the most well-known indoor plants and is a good climber and often seen climbing walls and grills. English Ivy is very effective in reducing the air pollutants in your house and increases the freshness in your house. It is capable of removing benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air.   

- Spider plant: 

Scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum is an elegant and very popular indoor plant. It is found to be useful in removing xylene, toluene and formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is mostly found in kitchen and bathrooms and it is good to keep the same in such locations in your house. Other names include airplane plant, spider ivy, ribbon plant and St. Bernard’s lily. 

Pothos plant:  

Scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, is a plant that is very hard to kill and stays green even when it is kept in the dark. If you are somebody living by the side of the road, it might be helpful for you to grow this plant. This plant efficiently removes formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, trichloroethylene and toluene pollutants from the air. Other names include ceylon creeper, hunter’s robe, money plant, devil’s vine, golden pothos among many others. 

- Peace lily:  

Scientifically known as Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’ is a very effective and efficient indoor plant that is capable of removing pollutants from your indoors. It is best to put these plants in tabletops and stands. Pollutants such as benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene, xylene and many others can be removed from the air by growing this plant inside your home. Other names include Spathiphyllum or Spath. 

- Flamingo lily: 

Scientifically known as Anthurium andraeanum is a decorative plant that can be used for purifying the air and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well. This plant grows a bright coloured leaf known as spathe. It is useful in removing pollutants such as xylene, formaldehyde, ammonia and toluene from the air. Other names include painter’s palette, laceleaf, flamingo flower and tailflower. 

- Chinese evergreen:  

Scientifically known as Aglaonema modestum is a plant that needs minimal care and removes several pollutants from your house. It is mostly effective in removing smell with regard to household cleaners. The plant also grows small berries that are red in colour and further aids in removing toxins from the air.  

- Bamboo palm: 

Scientifically known as Chamaedorea seifrizii is effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene pollutants from the air. It can be grown indoors with artificial lighting and in the shade as well. Bamboo palm is resistant to several insect infestations and requires minimal care. 

- Variegated snake plant 

Scientifically known as Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’is a plant that is very easy to take care and does not require sunlight or frequent watering in order to survive. It is very useful and effective in removing pollutants from your room namely formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and toluene. Other names include mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant and viper’s bowstring hemp. 

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