Ever walk into your home and feel like there’s a “smell” that lingers in every corner? It might not be a bad or pungent smell, but it’s still there. Spraying Febreze doesn’t help – so what do you do?
Plants to the rescue! Yeah, that’s right. Plants!
There are a variety of plants that can help filter out chemicals and scents from the air and leave your home smelling fresh and clean. Some are easier to care for than others, but there is a plant for any level — no matter if you’re a skilled grower or beginner.
- Garden Mum
Chrysanthemums thrive in the fall when most other flowers are past their prime, and they also help remove benzene from the air. For a pop of color during the colder months, bring a pot of these inside, water every other day and place in an area that gets partial sun. A hardier mum variety can be kept inside long term.
- English Ivy
For those of you looking to give your home some much needed class — try growing English Ivy in nutrient-rich soil in a shaded area. It’s fast growing — quick to climb up nearby surfaces — and looks rather elegant.
- Spider Plant
These low-maintenance plants are great for any beginning plant hobbyists or general brown thumbs. They can thrive in partial shade to indirect sun, and don’t require much besides regular watering.
- Dragon Tree
Another low maintenance plant and member of the Dracaenas family, these funky trees need medium light and occasional watering to thrive.
PET SAFETY ALERT: If you have dogs or cats who tend to chew any and everything, do not get one of these plants as they are toxic to both species.
- Ficus/Weeping Fig
These plants can grow up to 10-feet tall and do some serious air filtering. They’ve been shown to remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. They only need watering when soil gets dried out and medium light to thrive.
- Peace Lily
Though called the Peace Lily, these flowers fight hard to help clear formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air.
SAFETY ALERT: Make sure to wash your hands after caring for this plant, as it can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.
- Boston Fern
For apartments or homes with low light, the Boston Fern can be a great option. These plants love cool locations, indirect light and moist air and soil.
- Chinese Evergreen
A great plant for beginners, this plant only requires low to medium light and minimal care.
PET SAFETY ALERT: This plant is not a good option for pet owners because it contains a chemical that can be toxic to pets.
- Mass Cane/Corn Plant
Another Dracaenas plant, these colorful yellow and green plants are great at filtering out formaldehyde and can be grown in tree or shrub form. These low-maintenance plants only need watering every week or two and can thrive in most levels of light.
- Snake Plant
Possibly the most tolerant plant of all, the snake plant is excellent for cleaning the air and is ideal for those who are likely to forget that plants actually need caring for. These plants can survive in a plethora of sun levels and temperatures, and can be ignored for weeks at a time and still stay healthy.
- Bamboo Palm
These plants can grow up to 12-feet tall, which also means they can filter a lot more air than smaller plants. They prefer medium to full light for optimal growth, and nutrient-rich soil.
- Aloe Vera
Last but definitely not least is the versatile Aloe Vera plant. Not only are these plants easy to care for and great at filtering the air, but they also have a myriad of uses due to the anti-inflammatory property of the vitamin-rich liquid found inside this plant’s leaves. These plants can rot in standing water, so use well-draining soil when you plant this succulent.
Regardless of your skill level as a plant grower or the color of your thumb, there is a houseplant that can fit your lifestyle and help to filter pollutants from the air in your home. Make sure to feed your plants the best — TrashCan’s food-waste-based fertilizer is filled with soil-building micronutrients and a special blend of organic ingredients for optimal plant growth. Ditch the chemicals and feed your soil with food waste to ensure the long-term health of your plants—and planet.