With so many airborne odors one doesn’t need to get all “air in a can” happy because all you need are plants. Yes! Plants. They’re not just meant to be for your viewing pleasures, as they can purify and filter an odor-filled room while eliminating toxins by increasing the oxygen in the air.
…Let’s take a look at some of the best airborne healers
#1 Peace Lily – Indoor Airborne Purifying Plant
Low maintenance white blossoms are known for its air purifying properties making this “closet plant” more than just a pretty flower plant
#2 Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) Grows 3-10′ High
Glossy and tropical looking, the rubber plant aka Ficus Elastica (rubber plant much easier), grows into an impressive 3-10 feet in height. Don’t douse it in water because this rubber baby will drop its beautiful leaves if it drinks too much water – it also will drop leaves if too parched so treat it well.
Found at your local nursery
#3 English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Sometimes referred to as a pain in the but plant for homeowners because of their attachment to buildings and trees outside the home. However, indoors this plant can be very pleasing to look at especially hanging from a planter pouring over the top of the kitchen cabinets. Kept high up top is recommended if you live with any pets or anything that you love that enjoys nibbling on plants as a rash or fever can develop if ingested.
You can find these beautiful plants at your local nursery or Lowes
#4 Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciate) – Who names these plants?
These are the only acceptable snakes I will allow in my home, but seriously this style of plant is great for the household air supply and if you’re anything like me and forgets to water plants – these babies are strong and hard to kill. Make sure you’re ready for the long commitment.
Find these sexy snakes at your local nursery or any place that sells plants
#5 Bamboo Palm (Chamadorea Seifrizil)
A bamboo plant fits a tropical setting but unfortunately, the adorable panda bear will not come with the purchase. Air-purifying and stylish this plant thrives in shady areas of the home.
#6 Aloe Vera Plant
My lifesaver during a trip to Key West. I went snorkeling over at the Dry Tortugas and got a serious sunburn-causing me immense pain until my sweet mother-in-law we were visiting chopped up a piece of aloe plant from her yard and cut it open for me to practically bathe in. This plant I will forever be loyal to and not only for its soothing properties but for its air-purifying properties.
Again, don’t allow pets to ingest this plant as it’s great for humans but toxic for our furry pals.
#7 Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
I wouldn’t adopt a dumb cane plant if you have little children or nibbling pets because if ingested it can be fatal or cause a slurred speach or temporarily stop your speech altogether – hence the name dumb cane – you don’t sound like yourself for a bit. Poinsonous if ingested. However, if all of the above is cleared to go you will enjoy the beautiful multi-colored leaf plant adding life to your home.
#8 Heartleaf Philodendran (Philodendran Cordatum)
Named after their beautifully heart shaped leaves the heartleaf house plant is low maintenance and a household favorite. Do not allow pets or children to ingest as the leaves are toxic.
Can be found at any place that sells plants and local nurseries
#9 Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Another one of my favorite phobias making the list, like the snake plant, the spide plant is also the only spider specie allowed in my home – by invention anyway. Do place this plant in a well-lit room as it will thrive in a bright environment.
Found at local nurserys and Lowes
#10 Cornstalk Dracaena
Grows incredibly tall for a household plant and with its high stature comes an air-purifying machine soaking up all the toxins in the air so that you don’t have to – it doens’t hurt that they’re visually appealing.
Can be found at Lowes, Local Nurseries and even Amazon. Please keep pets away from eating the plant – toxic
#11 Chinese Evergreen
The fresh appearance of evergreen always adds character to a boring room. They come in different shades of green (and colors!) and make amazing house plants.
Keep the furry kids away from these toxic green beauties – you can look but you can’t eat
#12 Money Bonsai (Pachira Aquatica)
I can’t help but get reminded of Mr. Miyagi and the Karate kid when I see or hear the name bonsai- – coming back from the 80s. They showcase a braided trunk and grow up to be strong and tall. They are nourished in humid environments and make great decor
Local nurseries carry these beauties along with the big box stores, Walmart and Home Depot
#13 Pothos or Devil’s Ivy
This plant comes in multi-colored leaves and extends out very long so they are most ideal when hanging over a hutch, grandfather clock or on top of your cabinets hanging from slightly tipped over baskets – toxic keep away from pets
Available at your local nursery
#14 Boston Fern
Boston fern is a stunning tropical plant and being that it is tropical it will need to reside in a humid environment – once fully grown it will add elegance into your home and air-purifying properties.
Located at local nurseries and any where else plants are sold
#15 Weeping Wig (Ficus Benjamina)
Don’t let the name fool you there will be no weeping from this air-purifying gem as it thrives on sunlight and is full of life – low maintenance and toxic to animals
Can be found at your nearest plant nursery or Lowes
#16 Arecia Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)
A lifespan of almost 10 years if properly trimmed and cared for this costly plant adds a lot to a bright exterior and they can grow up to 6-7 feet – 6 inches per year! They are great at purifying air pollutants
#17 Pygmy Palm
Beautiful yellow hued leaves and its sugary pulp found in most arecacea isn’t the only attribute to have this plant – air-purifying properties help keep your living air fresh and well breathable