Forget allergies and headaches: which plants will clean the air at home

Yulia PoteriankoLife
A home garden is not only beautiful but also healthy

Poor air at home can cause many problems: from headaches due to excessive harmful gases that furniture and textiles can emit to allergies and house dust. Regular ventilation, timely cleaning, and indoor plants can help you get rid of this problem.

Some green pets can filter the air in the house, neutralize harmful substances and intensively saturate the atmosphere of the premises with oxygen. OBOZ.UA tells you about seven species that are easy to care for and have perhaps the highest efficiency.

Chamaedorea or bamboo palm

This guest from the tropical rainforest will be most effective against formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and chloroform. Given good conditions and sufficient space, the Chamaedorea can grow more than 3 meters tall. The plant needs a lot of light, so it is not suitable for northern rooms.


This is one of the easiest houseplants to keep among non-succulents. Chlorophytum is undemanding to lighting and will survive if you forget to water it once. This is because of its thick roots, which store a lot of food and water. Moreover, all types of Chlorophytums are safe for pets.


This is a good choice for those who want not only to purify the air but also to instill a love of home gardening. Aglaonema is tolerant of low light levels and will forgive you if you forget about watering for a day or two. Even in such conditions, it will grow foliage well. And if you try a little harder, you can even expect flowers from it, somewhat similar to calla lilies.


Formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene are all within the power of this air-purifying plant. The bigger your Sansevieria grows, the higher its purification capacity will be. An interesting feature of the plant is that it releases more oxygen at night. Therefore, it will be a great choice for the bedroom. As for the care, all types of Sansevieria are so resilient that you have to try very hard to destroy it.


A flower that we are used to as a garden flower feels good at home in a pot. In addition to its beautiful blooms, Chrysanthemum also cleans the air of volatile organic compounds, including ammonia and benzene. Caring for it is easy: it needs diffused light and more or less regular watering. However, this plant "filter" is not suitable for those who suffer from pollen allergies.


This flower is one of the best and most beautiful natural solutions for air filtration in the home. Spathiphyllum does not need too much light, but it is quite sensitive to watering. If your plant has dropped its leaves, this is a signal that you are already late with moisturizing. Just add water to the pot and the flower will come to life again. Spathiphyllum, also known as women's happiness, is good at filtering volatile organic compounds from cosmetics, hairspray, cleaning products, and fabric softeners.

Aloe vera

The succulent plant is a great choice for beginner gardeners as it takes up little space and is very undemanding. Simply place the aloe vera on a well-lit windowsill and water it when the soil is properly dry. In return, it will filter formaldehyde and benzene from the air for you.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you which plants look best in hanging pots.

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