Top 10 Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

This is from, believe it or not, the Earthship website.  We’ll be talking about Earthships on Tuesday’s green building episode of This Green Earth.  (Google Earthship and Images if you haven’t the slightest idea what I’m talking about).  Anyway, one of the best things you can do in your home or office for indoor air quality is buy a plant.  Here are the top 10 plants and how they can help your indoor environment.  I added the photos, because I don’t recognize plants by their names, but otherwise this is all theirs:

Adiantum absorbs radiation from computers and printers.
Adiantum absorbs 20 micrograms of formaldehyde per hour and it is considered the most effective natural cleaner.  If you work with paint or have smokers around you, you should consider Adiantum.  This plant also absorbs Xylene and Toluene released by monitors and printers.

Aloe “signals for help” when in excessively harmful air.
Aloe is dubbed as an air cleaning expert. One pot of aloe is equal to nine biological air cleaners.  Aloe absorbs formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. When the amount of toxins in the air have exceeded healthy amounts the leaves on the Aloe plant become spotted, signaling for help.

Rubber trees are helpful in eliminating harmful substances.
The rubber tree is a multi-functional cleaner that eliminates harmful substances in the air.  They can absorb carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and they collect granules which help reduce the dust around you.

Asparagus can kill viruses and bacteria.
The fragrance of asparagus absorbs the bacteria and viruses in the air which can help optimize your health.

Ivy is the king in absorbing formaldehyde.
Ivy is the most effective indoor plant in absorbing formaldehyde.
Ivy per square meter can absorb 1.49 grams of formaldehyde.  It also absorbs harmful substances like benzene.  In 24 hours, ivy can absorb 90% of indoor benzene.

Cacti is the best in reducing radiation and bacteria.
Cacti is very strong in eliminating bacteria.  In tackling pollution, cacti is also great at reducing radiation.  In addition, cacti absorbs carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen. Putting cacti in the room is helpful in sleeping and supplementing oxygen.

Chlorophytum (umm, isn’t this a spider plant?) is an air filter itself.
Chlorophytum can perform photosynthesis under weak light and absorb harmful air.  One pot of Chlorophytum in 200 square foot room is enough to perform as an air filter, which releases oxygen and absorbs carcinogens like formaldehyde and styrene. Chlorophytum is very strong in absorbing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.  It decomposes benzene and nicotine in tobacco as well.

Clivia keeps air fresh in winter.
One adult Clivia can absorb one liter of air and release 80% of oxygen overnight.  It can perform photosynthesis under very weak light.  Two or three pots of clivia in a room can absorb the smoke. In winter in the north, even with doors and windows closed, Clivia can adjust the air make it fresh.

Monstera improves air quality at night.
Monstera is really good at absorbing formaldehyde.  It also absorbs carbon dioxide at night and releases the oxygen, so it is helpful in improving air quality. It is also good looking and relatively easy to maintain.

Pachira absorbs smoke well.
If you can’t avoid smokers in your life, you can put pachira around you, which is effective at absorbing smoke. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and monoxide, and releases oxygen.

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About Laurie Noble

As head of her own corporate communications and public relations company, Laurie Carter Noble has had extensive experience in creating successful marketing strategies. She has drawn on this expertise in her real estate career and has found it invaluable in helping clients create successful marketing strategies for selling their homes. Giving clients marketing plans targeted to their specific needs and highlighting the unique qualities of their homes is one of the services Laurie provides to those who list their homes with her. Having moved a family several times herself, with the help of her husband Richard, she is aware of the special needs of the buyer relocating to a new home. Through careful research and a thorough knowledge of the Boston market, Laurie successfully matches prospective buyers to a home suited to their needs. Her guidance is available through every aspect of the purchasing transaction, whether it is helping to secure financing, having the home inspected or making temporary housing arrangements, should that be required. With her husband, Richard, Laurie has developed and managed a series of properties. She has extensive experiences dealing with investment properties and using them effectively to create income. A cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Laurie received her B.A. in English Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an M.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in English from Villanova University. A fluent speaker of German, Laurie studied German literature at the Yale University Graduate School and at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She also is fluent in French, which she studied at the University of Strasbourg, France. For many years she was a member of the English Department at Villanova University. Laurie is committed to serving the community in which she lives. She has done pro bono work for agencies that work for social justice in Boston. Issues of women's and children's welfare are of particular concern to her and she has written on those issues for newspapers and magazines in the Boston area. She is a tour guide for the Mayo House, a historic house owned by the Chatham Conservation Society and is also a pro bono marketing consultant for the Harwich Junior Theater, promoting artistic opportunities for children all over Cape Cod. Recently Laurie completed a major marketing portfolio, pro bono, for COGdesign, a non-profit Boston based organization dedicated to helping urban communities create beautiful inner city green spaces. While a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, she was active in the Women’s Network and served on the Education Committee. She has lived in Boston’s Back Bay for almost 20 years and is a member of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. Laurie and Richard have two daughters.
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7 Responses to Top 10 Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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  3. Norma Barrett says:

    thank you thank you thank you

  4. niasunset says:

    Reblogged this on photographyofnia and commented:
    10 Plants to improve indoor air quality

  5. adinparadise says:

    Thanks for this useful information. ;)

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  7. madi says:

    what kind of cactus is that?

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