It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of indoor house plants over here at NONAGON.style. Not only do they look aesthetically pleasing (i.e. great for the ‘gram), they’re also a fantastic way to bring the outdoors in. Does it get any better than that? Well hold on to your hats because actually, with the revelation that some plants can improve air quality, it kinda does.
If you didn’t know already, within the home there are a whole range of uncontrollable factors that can seriously compromise air quality. Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials and cleaning products, for instance, can all emit a variety of toxic compounds. And don’t even get us started on the pollution caused by pollen, bacteria and molds.
Luckily for us, a famous 1989 study by NASA found that houseplants have the potential to remove carcinogenic chemicals from the air. Just think of them as ‘nature’s life support system’. With this in mind, we’re rounding up our favorite indoor house plants that will score you both style points and cleaner air. Keep scrolling for more!
Good for removing formaldehyde and xylene.
The key to a healthy verdant Fern lies in humidity. This common house plant prefers high-moisture environments with indirect lighting, making them a great green addition to a powder room or bathroom. For homes with low humidity, you may need to water or mist the leaves daily. Yet given that Ferns remove more formaldehyde from the air than any other plant, we’d say this is a sacrifice worth making.
Good for removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and mold.
English Ivy is our go-to indoor house plant for adding whimsy and texture to a space. There’s just something about those unruly vines that lends a romantic feel to this perennial evergreen – especially when perched up high so its leaves can drape artistically around your space. On the air purifying front, English Ivy tackles many of the common toxic compounds found in the home. Even better, studies have also shown English Ivy to be good for reducing mold.
Good for removing benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
For something a little more tropical, look no further than this oceanfront mainstay. In particular, the Bamboo Palm and Lady Palm are excellent candidates for air purifiers. Contrary to popular belief, palms actually prefer cooler temperatures, though they thrive best in full sun or bright light. However, do be warned, part of the reason palms are so effective as air filters is because of their tall stature – up to 12 feet in some cases! Save this one for hallways and other ‘guest-friendly’ rooms. We guarantee it’ll leave a lasting impression.
Good for removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
The Peace Lily is the only flowering plant on our list, but boy is it a beauty. Simple yet elegant, we love its distinctive white seashell-shaped blooms. It is offset perfectly here with the abstract minimalist art. In addition to purifying, Peace Lilies have a high transpiration rate which will humidify the air – perfect for drier homes!
Good for removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene.
Along with everyone’s favorite succulents, Snake Plants are up there as one of the hardest plants to kill. They’re super low maintenance, requiring little watering as Snake Plants generally thrive in drier conditions. As a bonus, Snake Plants work throughout the night to emit oxygen, making them the ideal bedroom plant for a better night’s sleep.