Indoor Plants That Beautify Your Home (And Clean the Air!)

Plants are awesome. There’s nothing like a little greenery to brighten up any room in your manufactured home. But with thousands of varieties to choose from, the biggest problem might be which ones to select from the nursery.

But if you’ve just moved into your residence, or you just recently completed some renovations or upgrades, you may wish to consider choosing plants that not only look great, they help to clean the air inside your home. This is especially beneficial if your home improvement project involved painting or installing new carpet.

Here are four plants that can absorb chemicals and pollutants, purifying the air your breathe in your home every day.

English Ivy

This is a popular outdoor plant because it climbs and spreads so beautifully across walls and trellises. But it also works indoors, especially from a hanging basket where the vines can tumble over the edges. It also doesn’t need a lot of sunlight – another advantage to an indoor plant. Best of all, English Ivy excels at absorbing formaldehyde, a prevalent indoor pollutant that shows up in wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are excellent houseplants that appear to flower with beautiful white blooms, though those ‘flowers’ are actually a different type of leaf. Just go easy on the water and you’ll find them a breeze to keep healthy, while they keep you healthy by absorbing VOC benzene, a carcinogen found in paint, furniture wax, and polishes. Peace lillies can also remove the acetones that may be emitted from your electronic equipment.

Boston Fern

You’ll find Boston ferns in homes and offices throughout the country, despite the fact that it’s one of the more high-maintenance options out there. It thrives best in a cool place with high humidity and indirect light, and it’s important to keep the soil damp. However, if you take care of your Boston fern it will take care of you, by removing formaldehyde from your atmosphere. That chemical is found in pressed wood products, including cabinetry, plywood paneling, and furniture.

Lady Palm

This spiky plant can spread out to a distance of 12 feet when grown outdoors, but won’t expand that way indoors, so you don’t have to worry about it taking over your room. And while it’s growing, it’s also absorbing ammonia, an ingredient found in cleaners, textiles, and dyes.

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