Charlie Glahe WIN Broomfield

Plants that clean the air in your home


There are a number of common household plants that will purify the air in a home. Many of them can be found at local flower shops and they are easy to grow and keep alive. 

NASA has done a variety of studies on household plants that will filter volatile organic compounds from the air through the process of photosynthesis. Not only can these household plants keep the air cleaner, they can also add some life to a room. Air quality is important in a home, as it can affect health, happiness and the overall state of a property. Those interested in testing the quality of their air should have a home inspection conducted. 

Here's a list of some common air-cleaning plants: 

  • Snake plant: Also known as mother-in-law's-tongue, the snake plant is one of the most common air-cleaning plants. They only require watering once a week and can grow almost anywhere. Put one in the sunlight and it will grow, but keep it in dimly lit areas and the leaves will stay dark green. 
  • Aloe: Cleaning your air is just one of the many benefits of an aloe plant. This plant loves the sunlight and grows like a weed, but will also clear the air of formaldehyde and benzene. The inside gel of the aloe plant is also great for healing and soothing cuts and burns. 
  • Chrysanthemum: Aside from simpler looking green plants, there are also flowering plants that will clean the air in a home. Chrysanthemums are great for decorating a room, but they also filter benzene. They do require direct sunlight to encourage the flowers to bloom, however, so it's important to keep them in a light and airy environment. 
  • Spider plant: Somewhat similar looking to the snake plant, the spider plant will grow in bright or dim light and is quite resilient. They are perfect to hang and yes, will clear the air of benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.