Houseplants add a decorative touch to your home, but they do much more than that. They also release oxygen into the air and help absorb allergens like dust, pollen, and mold. People spend a lot of time inside so indoor air quality is important.
The following houseplants are adored for not only their attractive foliage but also their air-purifying qualities that make them a great addition to any room. Learn about six houseplants that can help remove dust from your home. Try adding one to your collection today!
1. Spider Plant
Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are one of the best plants for removing dust and unwanted allergens from your home. This houseplant absorbs dust and debris through its leaves, therefore reducing how much is lingering in the air.
Results from a NASA study that looked at houseplants and their ability to remove toxins from the air proved that spider plants were among the best. The study found that spider plants can remove up to 95 percent of toxins in as little as 24 hours. In particular, this plant helps remove formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air the most.
Consider adding a spider plant to your home to improve overall air quality and keep harmful toxins at bay. Always keep spider plants in a spot that receives indirect sunlight and temperatures between 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Areca Palm
One plant to consider purchasing to improve the air and reduce dust in your home is areca palms (Dypsis lutescens). Areca palms act as a natural humidifier, releasing up to 1 quart of water into the air every 24 hours. By adding moisture into the air like this, areca palms control humidity and significantly decrease how many dust particles there are.
A study done back in 2008 in India looked at three different plants, including the areca palm, and their impact on overall air quality in a confined office space. The plants were studied for over 15 years in a 50,000 square feet building with approximately 1,300 plants and 300 workers. Results found an improvement in the workers’ overall health including significant decreases in headaches, eye irritation, respiratory conditions, and asthma symptoms.
Areca palms are also known to collect dust on their leaves, absorbing extra dust that would otherwise be in the air. Make sure to clean the plant leaves regularly to prevent dust build-up.
Place your areca palm in an area that receives bright light, up to eight hours a day, and temperatures from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to keep it growing healthy.
3. Rubber Tree Plant
Similar to the areca palm, rubber tree plants (Ficus elastica) also collect and absorb dust in your home. The plant has quite large, waxy leaves which dust particles and mold spores cling to. Often the dust can be seen on the plants leaves and will need to be cleaned off regularly, typically once a week.
These plants also increase humidity levels. Low humidity or dry air in your living space can lead to more dust on surfaces and in the air. Place a rubber tree plant in your living space to regulate the humidity level and limit overall dust. They are also able to reduce benzene and formaldehyde, along with everyday air pollutants.
Purify the air in your home by adding a rubber tree plant! Place them in a west-facing window as these houseplants like lots of bright indirect sunlight and temperatures from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Peace Lily
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum) are a great addition to your home to purify the air. Peace lilies release oxygen into the air and improve air quality by up to 60 percent. The plant actually absorbs dust and mold spores and uses them for food — crazy enough!
Not only are they delicate and beautiful with dainty white flowers, but this houseplant also removes airborne pollutants. These pollutants include alcohol, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde. Peace lilies also absorb excess moisture through their leaves, which helps to control humidity levels in the home. In general, humidity levels indoors should be lower than 50 percent to prevent mold growth and dust.
Fight off dust and mold by adding a peace lily plant to your home. Peace lilies thrive in bright light, however, avoid putting this plant in direct sunlight as it may burn its leaves. The ideal temperature for growing peace lilies is between 68 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Snake Plant
A houseplant that significantly improves air quality is snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata). Snake plants are known to cleanse the air and reduce allergens like dust and dander. Snake plants do this by absorbing and collecting dust particles on their leaves, while increasing oxygen levels in your home. This low-maintenance plant is also able to reduce the number of toxins in the air like formaldehyde, Xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide.
Snake plants can tolerate different growing conditions from full sun to some shade. Place the plant in a location that gets a few hours of indirect sunlight per day and temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. English Ivy
Another houseplant that cleanses the air is a vining plant known as English ivy (Hedera helix). While the plant is most popular during the Christmas season, consider keeping this plant out all year for its ability to prevent dust and mold growth in your home.
English ivy reduces moisture and humidity in the air, which is often the main cause of mold growth. In particular, the plant is able to reduce mold spores by 78 percent. In a confined space mold spores like to attach themselves to dust particles which can then be inhaled. Prevent dust and mold growth like this by having an English ivy plant in your home to control the humidity. Humidity levels of 50 percent or less are ideal for decreasing dust and mold growth.
Keep your indoor air fresh and free of harmful pollutants with English Ivy. This houseplant is best grown in a location that receives lots of bright indirect sunlight and cooler temperatures from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Leave Toxins in the Dust!
When it comes to removing dust and toxins from the air, the more plants the merrier. The more air-purifying houseplants you have in your home, the better your overall air quality will be. Consider adding one of these plants to your collection next.
Which houseplant do you recommend for removing dust from your home? Leave a comment down below with your favorite one!