6. Spider Plant
Spider plants are true fighters.
They can clear up to 90% of the formaldehyde in the air of your home (1). This chemical is a potential carcinogen and is found in most buildings. Common sources of formaldehyde include adhesives, grout and fillers used during construction.
Spider plants also absorb odours and fumes, improving overall air quality for you and your family.
Valerian is a perennial that blooms in the summer and smells sweet. It requires about 6 hours of full sunlight a day.
The blooms were a popular perfume component in the 16th century. The root, on the other hand, was used in tea and tincture to treat insomnia.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, breathing in its scent will speed up the process (10).
8. English Ivy
English ivy is very simple to grow. It requires very little light to thrive.
This plant has been known to improve symptoms of allergies or asthma (11). This also translates to better sleep for those with breathing problems. In as little as 12 hours, English Ivy cleans up to 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mould (12).
Ivy is a trailing plant, so keep it on a tall shelf or in a hanging basket. Make sure to prune it as it grows to keep it out of reach from pets and children.
9. Peace Lily
Also known as spathiphyllum, the peace lily is very easy to care of. It’s very forgiving after periods of neglect and droops when it needs more water.
By suppressing airborne microbes, the peace lily helps relieves allergy symptoms, which can helps relieve those irritating dry noses and throats that keep you awake all night.
This plant also removes benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins from household air. It can increase humidity in a room by up to 5% thanks to the moisture of its flowers.
10. Golden Pothos
Pothos is a hanging plant that requires very little attention.
It can remove almost 9000 micrograms of formaldehyde from the air in as little as 24 hours. It also removes over 70% of airborne benzene in the same time period (1). Air filtration also occurs within its soil.
If you live in the city, consider placing it near your bedroom window to detoxify any air that may be coming in.