4 house plants that will improve the air quality of your home

Now I don’t have a green thumb, but learning the benefits of these air purifying houseplants has inspired me to try taking care of house plants again. Not only are they good for your health, they look really pretty too! I love making my house more beautiful and comfortable though I may not always be good at it.

Most of the plants in my house are artificial. Why? Because they are low maintenance. (You still have to wipe the dust that accumulates on the artificial leaves which I really need to do! hehe). They last forever! You get your money’s worth! But there’s nothing like taking care of real plants. It’s rewarding to watch them grow! Take a look at these four plants that you can get at Home Depot. That’s where I got mine from. My favorite so far is the aloe vera. It looked like it was dying when I first got it and just over a week, it’s been looking a lot better. It’s standing up taller now and looking a lot greener. I’m starting to think that I may be able to take care of plants after all!

After doing some research, I’ve learned about indoor air pollutants. Apparently they are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. In a stagnant indoor environment, pollutants build up which means we are breathing in things we shouldn’t. Living or working in places which are not well ventilated lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye, ear and nose irritation.

According to greatest.com “Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices can emit a variety of toxic compounds, like formaldehyde.” Fortunately, there’s a easy and cheap way to clean the air we breathe indoors and that by surrounding ourselves with these houseplants.

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Aloe Vera

This plant is well known for its healing properties but it is also great for clearing the air of pollutants. Brown spots show up on its leaves when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive. It removes the pollutant formaldehyde. Needs well-drained soil with slight drying between watering. Full sun is best.


English Ivy

Ivy is a great plant to have especially in your washroom as it does a great job of absorbing airborne mold and airborne feces. It’s also very easy to take care of. It removes the pollutant formaldehyde.

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Red Edged Dracaena

This plant is well known for purifying the air of the carcinogen benzene which is found in cigarette smoke and other household chemicals. It is also known for removing formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air. This plant requires very little attention and can tolerate dry soil. Likes indirect sunlight.

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Ficus/Weeping Fig

This plant is known to remove common airborne toxins and increase oxygen levels. It likes bright light and sun but also tolerates the shade. Water in moderation.


Try these indoor plants to help clean the air in your home or office!

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2 thoughts on “4 house plants that will improve the air quality of your home

  1. I usually keep my plants outside of the house. I don’t know why that is. But now you have given me something to think about. I am so glad you were able to join us Emily and give us some Sweet Inspiration.

    1. I don’t have a green thumb but I’m happy to report my plants are surviving and growing!!

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