House Plants Have An Air-Cleaning Abilities

Maybe you didn’t know, but the house plants have an air-cleaning abilities. Placing house plants in the main living areas of a house can enhance the flow of energy through the entire structure. Similarly, placing house plants in the bedroom can mean better sleep for the occupants of the house.

Healthy plants are a source of cleaner air; because plants release oxygen, they can bring the air quality of a room up several notches. Some plants produce more oxygen during the night; these are snake plants and bromeliads, aloe and orchids. Placing these house plants in the bedroom will enhance night-time sleep.

Most house plants remove toxins from the air-pollutants that are found in houses such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, ammonia, acetone, ethyl acetate. House plants can actually absorb these pollutants through their leaves and convert them to harmless substances. New findings suggest that plants can be a good antidote to the sick building ‘disease’ most often caused by our unsustainable high tech innovations for convenience. A single spider plant in a closed chamber containing formaldehyde can remove 85% of the pollutant within 24 hours.


Experts estimate that fifteen house plants can make a dramatic impact on clean air quality in an average house. Some house plants seem to be particularly effective in absorbing and removing indoor pollutants. These are, to name a few, Chinese evergreen, dracaena, orchids, golden pothos, Norfolk Island pine, red emerald philodendron, spider plant, schefflera and snake plant.

House plants also act as purifiers of animal bioeffluents – substances not produced by materials in a building, but by humans and animals. These include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, methane, alcohol and others. House plants do a wonderful job of converting these bioeffluents into harmless substances. Peace lilies, parlor palms, chrysanthemums, for example, are wonderful house plants that purify the air of biological and biochemical toxins. Moreover, the moisture given off by plants suppress the formation of airborne microbes, thus diminishing the “allergenic” potential of the bedroom.


1 – Red-Edged Dracaena 2 – Peace Lily 3 – Chrysanthemum 4 – Warneck Dracaena 5 – Golden Pothos 6 – Bamboo Palm 7 – Gerber Daisy 8 – Mother-In-Law’s Tongue 9 – Aloe Vera 10 – Chinese Evergreen 11 – English Ivy 12 – Spider Plant 13 – Weeping Fig 14 – Heart Leaf Philodendron 15 – Azalea

The green foliage of most house plants also ‘soften’ the mood of a room. They can mute away harsh corners, endow a bare window with charm or render a touch of symmetry to oddly furnished walls. In general house plants with an air-cleaning abilities give a pleasant, soothing effect to the bedroom, an effect that promotes relaxation and sleep. They also absorb odors and fumes, replenish the air with oxygen and humidity, keeping the temperatures cool and sustainable for better sleep.

However, the air-cleaning abilities of these house plants are dangerous if the plants are sick, unhealthy or unclean. Unhealthy house plants are perfect invitations for insect infestations which produce mold spores that are highly allergenic. To ensure that your house plants will give you better sleep, you must keep them cleaned and trimmed, free of insects or mites as these are easy sources of allergies and breathing spasms. As well, choose plants that do not shed pollen.

Read also: Feng Shui Indoor Plants

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