Indoor plants are usually used as decoration, but actually they are highly useful for our health since they cleanse the air from molds and toxins.

The toxins we inhale can increase our risk of developing some serious diseases. Also, during winter months, the indoor air doesn’t circulate properly, so when we use cleaning products the air becomes even more toxic.

Therefore, researchers from NASA recommend placing indoor plants in your house to improve the air quality. There are numerous plants that can eliminate the harmful toxic substances. Here are some of them:

1. Ivy

This plant eliminates 58% of the waste particles and 60% of the toxins in the air within 6 hours after being placed in the room.

2. Snake plant

This is a perfect plant for your bedroom because it releases oxygen during the night and it needs little light to perform photosynthesis.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera absorbs carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and CO2 and releases oxygen. According to the experts, this plant is as efficient as keeping nine biological air cleaners at your home.

4. Ficus

It can remove the formaldehyde from the air and it is very easy to cultivate.

5. Peace Lilies

This plant removes the air-borne toxic substances and chemicals, including trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

6. Spider Plant

It requires little light to perform photosynthesis. It eliminates toxins like carbon monoxide, styrene and gasoline and it can cleanse even 200 m2 of space.

7. Bamboo Palm

This plant is recognized as one of the most effective in filtering out trichloroethylene and benzene. You can also keep it next to pieces of furniture which are prone to off-gassing formaldehyde.

8. Chinese Evergreen

The more time this plant spends in your room, the more efficient it becomes at eliminating the air pollutants. It needs low-light setting and it can produce berries as well.

9. Pelargonium

This plant can kill harmful bacteria, remove unwanted odors and keep moths away. Moreover, you can use its essential oils too, since they can relax your nervous system and improve your sleep.

10. Dracaena

This is a very large plant and it is great for eliminating toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene. Make sure you keep it in a bright room, away from drafts and direct sunlight.

Other useful plants that can improve the indoor air quality:

• Begonia
• Krizantema
• Gerber
• Tree of life
• Azalea

According to NASA’s recommendations, you should keep around 17 houseplants in an area of 500 m2. So, for an area of 80 m2 you need three or four plants. Also, make sure you keep one in your bedroom.