Breathe Easy: The Wonders of Natural Odor Eaters 


We all crave fresh air, but diverse smells come alive, and it can be challenging to maintain a pleasant, odor-free environment. Don’t fret! The perfect solution is closer than you think. Enter the world of natural odor-eaters: plants. Not only do they spruce up your space aesthetically, but they also work overtime to filter the air we breathe. Let’s explore how different plants help with specific odors, making your apartment fresh and inviting.

1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Tackling Cooking Odors

Have you ever noticed that the smell of your dinner lingers long after the meal? Spider plants are here to save the day. They are known for their ability to absorb odors and improve indoor air quality. They are especially effective against cooking smells, which often contain volatile organic compounds. Spider plants also thrive in indirect sunlight and require minimal care, making them perfect for busy apartment dwellers.

2. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii): Pet Odor Absorber

We all love our furry friends, but let’s admit it: sometimes, they can be a little stinky. Bamboo palms can help. These plants are known to remove odor-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can often be found in pet odors. They are also non-toxic to dogs and cats, making them a safe choice for pet owners. Plus, they add a touch of tropical flair to your space!

3. English Ivy (Hedera helix): For Smoky Smells

English Ivy is not just a pretty face; it’s a hard-working air purifier. This plant is particularly effective against smoky smells, which can linger in the air from cigarettes or a burnt toast mishap. English Ivy absorbs these particulates and promotes a fresher environment. It’s a climber, so let it grow on a moss stick or trellis for a beautiful vertical element in your apartment.

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): Multitasker Extraordinaire

Peace lilies do it all. They are fantastic general air purifiers, removing a variety of common household toxins. They can help mitigate the smell of chemicals, cleaning products, and even mold. Peace lilies bloom with beautiful white flowers, adding a serene touch to your space. They do well in low light but require regular watering.

5. Geraniums (Pelargonium): Natural Perfumers

Geraniums are a must-have for any apartment. Their pleasant fragrance can mask unpleasant odors, acting as a natural air freshener. They come in many varieties, each with its unique scent—rose, lemon, apple, and even chocolate. These brightly colored flowers can bring a delightful aroma to your apartment, negating the need for artificial air fresheners.

6. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata): For Humidity Control

Boston ferns are excellent natural humidifiers, making them a great choice for apartments that tend to be drier. They absorb excess moisture through their fronds, which can help keep mold and its associated odors at bay. Ferns prefer indirect light and consistent humidity, so place them in a bright bathroom or kitchen, and be sure to keep their soil moist.

7. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller): A Soothing Purifier

Aloe Vera, known for its healing properties, is also an effective air purifier. It’s especially good at removing the smell of paints and cleaners, making it a perfect choice if you’ve recently renovated your apartment or enjoyed DIY projects. Aloe Vera is a sun-loving plant, so place it near a south or west-facing window.

8. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): The Citrus Deodorizer

Lemon balm is a pleasant-smelling plant that releases a fresh, lemony scent. This delightful aroma can help mask unpleasant odors, creating a more refreshing indoor atmosphere. It’s perfect for an apartment kitchen, as it also serves as a great culinary herb. Lemon balm prefers plenty of sunlight, so a sunny windowsill is ideal.

9. Garden Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium): The NASA-Approved Air Purifier

NASA’s Clean Air Study found garden mums to be air-purifying champions. They effectively remove common toxins like ammonia, often found in plastics, adhesives, and fabrics. If your apartment has new furniture or carpeting, a garden mum can help combat that “new” smell. While they require a bit more care and bright, indirect light, their beautiful blooms make the extra effort worthwhile.

10. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): The Night Owl

Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law’s tongues, are unique in that they convert CO2 into oxygen at night, making them an excellent choice for bedrooms. They also filter out toxins like formaldehyde, which can be found in tissue, paper, and personal care products. Snake plants are hardy and require little light or water, so they’re perfect for those without a green thumb.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, harnessing the power of plants is a natural and effective way to combat odors in your apartment. Each of these ten plants brings a unique strength to your home, from tackling pet smells to banishing lingering food odors. They create a healthier, fresher atmosphere and enhance your space’s aesthetics, adding life, color, and a touch of nature to your everyday surroundings. With these additional plants, you’re well on your way to creating an indoor garden that beautifies your space and helps maintain a fresh, odor-free environment. Embrace the power of plants and breathe easy in your apartment community!

At Plum Orchard Apartments, we encourage you to transform your living space into a lush indoor garden. Embrace these natural odor eaters and start your journey towards a fresher, greener, and more pleasant-smelling home today.

For more helpful tips and information on our community, visit our website at We’re committed to providing a quality living experience for all our residents, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Let’s breathe easy together at Plum Orchard Apartments. See you there!

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