7 Indoor Plants that Help Clean, Purify Air, and Absorb Odor

Humidity in the home is really a much more widespread problem than you might think. From problems with fixtures to simply exposing the entire house, the causes can be many and bring numerous negative consequences. When the moisture content is too high, in fact, mold may appear or there may even be health discomfort. Not everyone knows, however, that some plants can reduce humidity by absorbing some of the water particles in the air and eliminating the stale air that sometimes accumulates in the house. In this way, our home environments will be less humid, more comfortable and less “heavy” in odors. Let’s find out together what moisture-absorbing plants are.

  • Orchid

Perhaps the most famous flowering plant is the orchid. With its white, pink or purple flowers, this plant not only decorates our home, but also manages to absorb moisture in the air, absorb substances that weigh it down and make it purer: thanks to its aerial roots, that is, those roots that grow out of the ground, often considered ugly but, in fact, extremely useful. Keep it in indirect sunlight and always choose a loosely packed, light and well-draining soil. These tips, along with the other normal growing rules, will enable you to have a thriving plant.

  • Fern

Its long, dense fronds make it truly unique: the fern is a much-loved plant grown both in the ground and in wonderful hanging pots. This plant is very sensitive to moisture, a necessary element for its normal growth. By absorbing the moisture in the air, however, it makes the environment tend to be drier and purifies the air, subtracting those odors often related precisely to humidity. Caring for it is very simple: keeping it in a place of half-shade and watering it regularly are some of the secrets to keeping it thriving.

  • Aloe vera

Among the most popular succulents, aloe vera is more than just a decorative plant. Its thick, stiff leaves, in addition to being full of a gel with a thousand uses, purify the air and make it pure and less vitiated very quickly. In addition, being a very hardy plant, it adapts well to almost any home environment. Do not overwater it and repot it when it fills the pot.

  • Azalea

The azalea, a plant famous for its abundant blooms in May, is a wild card you can use year-round against dampness. Its small, symmetrical leaves absorb household moisture, moderately lowering the humidity in the air, absorbing some harmful components and lightening the home air a bit. Remember, even in the cold months, to keep it in a very well-lit place.

  • Gerbera

This plant with wonderful colorful flowers is normally kept outside in summer but, in fall and winter, it is always best to bring it indoors. Despite the absence of flowers in the cold months, it is very effective in keeping humidity down and purifying the air, releasing a lot of oxygen during photosynthesis. Important growing tip is to keep the potting soil a little moist at all times. Also, aerate the environment where you keep it to keep it healthy and strong until the next flowering.

  • Mother-in-law’s tongue

Along with aloe vera, mother-in-law’s tongue, whose real name is Sansevieria, is among the most common succulents. Considered to be a truly indestructible plant (provided basic care rules are followed), it is famous for its long, sword-shaped leaves. It is its particular leaves that have the ability to absorb moisture as well as various harmful substances in the air, giving the environment a healthier atmosphere. Along with other plants, it is also capable of limiting the occurrence of mold.

  • Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum (also known as Peace Lily) is a popular indoor plant that many people confuse with anthurium, but it has softer leaves and is generally lighter in color. Quite hardy, this plant tends to lower ambient humidity, especially in larger rooms such as dining rooms or bedrooms. Much like mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant also absorbs some harmful substances in the air such as xylene. The effect? Kind of like opening the window, making the air lighter and cleaner. In its care, be careful of direct sunlight, which can burn the tips of its leaves.

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