Each plant has its hidden exceptional talents… All you have to do is to find the plants that will purify the air in your room and allow you to sleep soundly every night.
We already know that plants have an appeasing and calming power… But some of them go even further: They can fight against indoor air pollution. Because, despite all the odds, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air (it contains dust, dirt, carbon monoxide, electromagnetic waves, etc.). It’s even in your bedroom! Gross; isn’t it!
It is surprising! I know, that’s why it is now the right time to make some changes and use the smartest eco-friendly way ever “Plants”!
How can plants purify the air in your bedroom?
The leaves and stems of air purifying plants can absorb pollutants from the air and transform them into nutrients.
Air purifying plants act differently, their work depends on the pollutant itself:
- Formaldehyde: Comes from laminate flooring, glued carpets, MDF/chipboard cupboards, and PVC windows. Dragon tree (Dracaena) and Boston fern will be fairly effective.
- Trichlorethylene: Found in dry-cleaned fabrics and in paints. Luckily, Philodendron Imperial Red and Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) know exactly what to do.
- Toluene: Comes from paints, carpets, and insulation foam. Gerbera daisies or English ivy will allow you to fight against this kind of pollutant.
- Benzene: Especially because of the paints. Dragon tree or English ivy will come to purify the air.
- Carbon monoxide: Some heating systems can be blamed. Spider plant (Chlorophytum) and Pothos will come to your rescue.
- Electromagnetic waves: Electronic devices follow us everywhere, even in the bedroom… Think of the Cactus or Aloe vera!
The best 7 air purifying plants for your home
Here is the list of the best 7 air purifying plants for a healthy bedroom:
- English ivy: It acts particularly against benzene, which it eradicates almost in 24 hours. It also helps reduce mold present in the air.
- Spider plant: It absorbs not only carbon monoxide and formaldehyde but also bad odors and smoke.
- Snake plant: Also known as “Sansevieria”, it absorbs toluene, benzene, trichlorethylene, and others while regulating and maintaining ambient humidity.
- Peace lily: With its white flowers, it is very effective in filtering the majority of indoor air pollutants.
- Cactus: Did you know that unlike other plants, cactus emits oxygen at night and CO2 during the day? Perfect for the bedrooms!!
- Boston fern: What does it absorb very well? Formaldehyde and xylene. To be placed in a high place (bookshelf, buffet, etc.) to let fall nicely its fronds. As long as you spray it with water regularly, it humidifies the air.
- Peperomia: This beautiful luxuriant plant comes in sizes, shapes, and colors. It will significantly reduce the formaldehyde in the air.
What are the best air purifying plants for a baby nursery?
Air purifying plants are a very good idea for a baby nursery. Just be aware of cactus and other stinging plants. Put them in a place out of the reach of their curious little hands.
Aloe vera is a great choice, it can fight against benzene, carbon monoxide, and even mites. Also, the Dragon tree, since it has the ability to purify the air of xylene.