How to Freshen Your Indoor Air with Houseplants During Winter

Published on Jul 11, 2018 | Updated - Jul 9, 2024

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Did you know indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air?

During winter, we often stay indoors, sipping hot coffee and staying warm. With less fresh air, it's crucial to keep our indoor air clean!

Common culprits of indoor air pollution include building materials, oven gases, cleaning products, and new furniture. These release toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, impacting our health.

But don't worry! If the cold keeps you inside, you can still fight indoor air pollution by bringing nature indoors with houseplants!



Top 10 Best Air-Purifying Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are effective air purifiers, catching toxins and replacing them with cleaner oxygen for you to breathe! Additionally, plants are known to improve mood and productivity while also reducing stress and fatigue.

Here are the top 10 best indoor plants to have at home, especially when you're always indoors during the cold:


1. Spider Plants

Spider Plant

Spider plants are a favourite among homeowners for a reason. Tough as nails and easy to maintain, they can survive neglect and reproduce quickly. NASA found that spider plants effectively remove toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. They also absorb mould and allergens, improving indoor air quality.



2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant in a minimalist pot

Aloe vera isn't just for soothing cuts and burns—it's also a top-notch air pollutant catcher, eliminating toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. Plus, it adds a touch of aesthetic charm to any space!



3. Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos)

Devils Ivy

Nearly indestructible, this resilient plant thrives in diverse conditions. It's a powerhouse at removing formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. Perfect for bathrooms, but keep it away from pets—it's toxic to them. This is also NASA-approved!



4. English Ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy, often seen outdoors, is an excellent indoor choice for removing benzene and formaldehyde toxins. It also captures airborne particles like fecal matter and mould spores. However, its leaves and berries are poisonous, so be sure to keep it safely out of reach of pets and children.



5. Areca Palms

Areca Palms

The areca palm is ideal for larger spaces. This nontoxic plant effectively removes carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and other pollutants. Its tropical appearance also adds a serene touch to any room.



6. Peace Lilies

Peach Lily

Peace lilies, like Devil's Ivy, have NASA's seal of approval for their ability to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia. Ideal for damp areas like bathrooms, they also trap mould spores. Providing adequate light allows striking white flowers to bloom, which absorb harmful vapours from alcohol and acetone.


Caution: Peace lilies are toxic to cats, dogs, and children, so be sure to keep them out of reach!



7. Boston Ferns

Boston Ferns

Another ideal plant for humid bathrooms is the Boston fern. These thick ferns filter out irritating toxins such as xylene and formaldehyde.



8. Snake Plants

Snake Plants

Snake plants not only add beauty to your indoor space but also excel at absorbing toxic air pollutants—some of which are known to be cancer-causing. These include CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, and toluene. Plus, they help clear airborne allergens like dust and dander by enhancing moisture levels in the air!



9. Flamingo Lilies

Flamingo Lily

This exotic flowering plant adds a touch of elegance to coffee tables. A daily misting helps prolong its blooms. It's effective against formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.



10. Chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemums, prized for their beautiful flowers often featured in bouquets and special occasions, also serve medicinal purposes and are culinary delights. They rank as the top air-purifying plant, effectively removing benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. And did I mention they're stunning to behold?



Clean Air Strategies Beyond Indoor Plants

While indoor plants are effective for air purification, maintaining a clean home is crucial for minimizing harmful bacteria and pollutants. Items like air conditioners and carpets significantly impact your home's air quality. Carpets act as filters, trapping airborne contaminants, but they need regular cleaning to remain effective—after all, any filter can get clogged! Similarly, your air conditioner won't work efficiently if it's filled with debris.

Contact Electrodry on 13 27 13 to explore optimal solutions for cleaner air in your home.

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