Best Houseplants - Choose these houseplants for cleaner air

It's not secret that houseplants improve indoor air quality. In fact, mroe than 20 years ago, NASA conducted research on indoor plants to see if they could cleanse the air in the tightly sealed space stations. The best house-cleaning plants actually absorb some of the toxic materials that may out-gas from building materials.

Researchers say that, to derive all the benefits from your houseplants, you're going to need one plant for every 100 square feet of living space.

Here are the 10 of the best houseplants for cleaning indoor air.  

1. English ivy (Hedera helix) may be more familiar to you as a landscape plant, but the English Ivy also does well indoors and it looks especially nice in hanging arrangements.

2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) also does well in hanging pots.

3. Golden pothos (Epipiremnum aureum) is also a vine. Because it climbs or trails, you can train it over an indoor trellis. It also does well in low-light conditions.

4. Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa') do well in low light as well. That's why you will often see this plant in waiting rooms, lobbies, and other indoor gathering places.

5. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) is another plant that thrives even with fairly low light levels. In fact, it doesn't like a lot of water, either, making it quite low-maintenance. Cuttings root easily in water.

6. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is especially good at removing formaldehyde from the air. These lush plants look pretty in bay windows or hanging baskets.

7. Bamboo or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) likes humidity, so consider putting it in a bathroom window. You can also spritz it with water each day.

8. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is actually a tree that will grow indoors. You may find it trained as a bonsai in a traditional pot.

9. Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig') is a specific type of Dracaena. If you can not find the Janet Craig variety, another dracaena will do as well. They vary quite a bit, so you can just pick the sort that fits best in your home.

10. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens 'oxycardium') is pest-resistant and prefers low or diffused light (no direct sunlight). Heartleaf philodendron prefers moist soil.

These plants are as beautiful as they are beneficial, and they just scratch the surface of the varieties of houseplants that will improve your indoor air quality.

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