Stay At Home Blues? Research suggests that plants have a positive effect on stress reduction, pain tolerance, and physical discomfort — but environmental psychologists aren’t exactly sure why this happens. It could be that plants simply make a room more colorful and attractive. Keeping all those green guys alive is good for you, too. Houseplants improve mood and cleans the air.
Nature’s Air Freshener
The heat of summer means tightly closed windows, AC and stuffy quarters. Plants reduce stale air by producing oxygen and their beauty help cure the stay at home blues. But also, according to research done by NASA back in the late 1980s, certain plants will even filter harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from the air. NASA recommends two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet. There are many other houseplants that have a positive impact on pollutants but we are focusing on the ones that are very easy to keep alive!
The air-purifying champion of NASA’s research, mums effectively reduced ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene in the air.
Peace Lily Spathiphyllum
A happy peace lily will thrive for years and is great at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.
Snake Plant Sanseveieria
Snake plants are thought of as basically an impossible plant to kill. They thrive on neglect and prefer long stretches of no water. They’re great at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air.
Aloe Vera Aloe Barabensis
Aloe is another plant that loves to be neglected. Just find it a nice place in the sun and it will grow for years and years. Get a sunburn? Simply remove a frond, open it up, and spread the gooey contents on your skin for instant relief. Plus, it’s awesome at removing formaldehyde from the air.
Boston Fern Nephrolepis Exaltata
One of the most effective air purifiers on the NASA list. the Boston Fern loves humidity so it’s the perfect plant to place in the bathroom. These ferns help remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
NOTE* You may want to reconsider air-purifying plants if you have pets such as cats and dogs. Many of these plants can be toxic to them. Ask the staff at your local garden center about pet-safe and allergy-safe houseplants that improve mood and cleans the air. You can also look up which plants are toxic to animals on the ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants page.