How to Choose Plants to Make a Room Smell Good

People spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. According to a NASA research study, common plants reduce indoor air pollution. Common indoor plants may be a powerful weapon that can combat against the rising levels of air pollution within your home or office. Plants are not only decorative features that can spruce up any drab room, they also help absorb potentially harmful gases and toxic chemicals. Within just 24 hours, some plants can remove 83 percent of the toxicity in the air. If that wasn’t great enough, potted plants also leave a naturally refreshing scent.


Step 1

Use them effectively. Use one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

Step 2

Get rid of benzene. This chemical is found in detergents, glues, paints, and furniture wax. Low levels of benzene can cause dizziness, drowsiness, rapid heart rate, and unconsciousness. Get Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, English Ivy, Dracaena (Janet Craig, marginata and warneckei) and Peace Lily to ward off this toxic chemical.

Step 3

Get rid of formaldehyde. This chemical is commonly found in plywood, grocery bags, foam insulation, fire retardants, waxed paper, pressed-wood products, adhesive binders in floor coverings, natural gas and cigarette smoke. Some plant options are Philodendron, Spider plant, Golden Pothos, Azalea, Bamboo Palm, Corn plant, Chrysanthemum and Mother-in-law’s Tongue.

Step 4

Get rid of trichloroethylene. Trichlorethylene is found in dry cleaning and metal degreasing cleaning products, inks, paints, varnishes, lacquers, and adhesives. Some plant options are Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisy, Chrysanthemum, Dracaena marginata and warneckei.

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