With most of the country in lockdown, many Australians are restricted to the four walls of their homes.
If there’s one thing as important as taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing during these challenging times, it’s making sure the conditions in your home are at optimal levels – especially considering the increased amounts of time spent indoors.
It’s a little-known fact that it’s often the germs and toxins you can’t see that are the most harmful. But don’t fret, according to NASA’s Clean Air Study there are air cleaning plants that can help you remove toxins and improve the air quality in your living space.
Whether you’re already a plant obsessed green thumb, or you’re new to welcoming foliage into your family space, we’ve rounded up some of the best indoor air purifying plants to help you breathe a little easier.
Popularly known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helping with sunburn and cuts, Aloe Vera is also affective in removing formaldehyde – a colourless compound that naturally occurs in the environment, a combustion product found in tobacco smoke, and a chemical produced and used in building materials such as plywood and other pressed wood products.
Also known as Pothos, Devil’s Ivy is a low-maintenance plant. In fact, it’s often said that these tough vining plants are harder to kill than they are to keep alive! They’re perfect for beginner gardeners and grow lovely in hanging baskets or climbing up walls. Xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are the toxins it helps to remove. But beware, these plants are harmful to pets so keep them away from your furry friends.
If you’re infamous for killing plants or you have more of a brown thumb rather than a green one, a Snake Plant is a good introductory plant to ease you into becoming a plant parent. Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this hardy succulent is easy to care for, thrives on neglect, and can grow up to two meters high. It helps filter out toxins including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene.
If you love lush, shiny foliage that’s eye catching, we’d recommend adding a Peace Lily to your plant collection. They remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene and are suitable in low light conditions.
These hardy plants remove xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene in the air. They love bright, indirect sunlight and can grow in big or small pots. Keep them away from pets though – the white sap that oozes out of their stems when cut is moderately toxic to animals.
Helping to remove formaldehyde and xylene, these green beauties are great to grow in hanging pots or baskets. But keep in mind, they require consistent moisture and thrive in humid conditions, so the bathroom is a good spot for them – especially after a hot, steamy shower.
Areca Palms are large plants perfect for larger spaces. This species is dynamo when it comes to eradicating benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene toxins from the air and are even non-toxic to both cats and dogs for those living with pets.
Despite being popular as a climbing, full foliage outdoor plant, one of the top indoor air purifying plants is English Ivy. It helps remove formaldehyde and benzene toxins and grows well in small containers or crowded in pots.
Although we don't cover damage to plants, trees or shrubs under our standard home insurance policies, we do with Home Plus.
Home Plus is premium protection for your home. It gives you all the benefits of our standard home insurance, plus extra features and automatic cover you don’t usually find in other policies.
With Home Plus you get:
- An extra 25% on top of your insured amount to rebuild, repair or replace your home and items (if you need it)
- Cover for up to $2,000 of damage to plants, trees and shrubs
- Automatic cover for accidental damage to your home and items
- Automatic cover for electric motor burnout or fusion in things like fridges and air con
Above all, if you share your space with a four-legged friend remember to triple check which plants are toxic to pets before welcoming them into your home.