20 BEST AIR PURIFYING PLANTS

Plants are natural purifiers and you can use to detoxify the place you are living in. When you grow plants inside your home they not only look great but clean the air you breathe in. 

They add color to your home and at the same time provide fresh oxygen to you. You can’t see germs and toxins with your naked eye but these are very harmful to you. 

As you know that in photosynthesis, plants give you fresh oxygen and inhale carbon dioxide from any area. Besides this quality, they also perform the duty of air-purifying agent in your house. The air-cleaning plants will help you to solve this problem of dirty air inside the house. 

According to a study, you need many purifying plants at your home to clean your breathing area. The toxins, dust, and germs are found everywhere in your home for example on the furniture on which you are sitting, the bed you are sleeping, chemicals that are found in new carpets, home furniture, moth repellents, and air freshener, and many products which you are using. There are many toxins in the home such as 

  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Benzene
  • Pesticides 
  • Mould and Fungal Toxins
  • Phthalates and Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Dioxins
  • Heavy Metals
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
  • Chloroform

These are the toxins that are found normally in your home if you want to get rid of them, you should grow plants that help to purify the air in your home. 

NASA’s Clean Air Study found that there are a variety of household plants that can reduce the toxins from your household products, materials, and furniture. Here is a list of no-fuss plants that actually; helps you to filter out the bad stuff and provide fresh air. 

1- KIMBERLY QUEEN FERN

This is a purifier plant that is very easy to grow. Basically, this is an outdoor plant but you can grow them indoors easily. This fern can germinate in direct sunlight and require a mild temperature. 

Try to moisten them with plenty of water and fertilize regularly for better result. This plant has the ability to dry the atmosphere of your home because it loves the humidity. Their main target is to purify your house from benzene and formaldehyde.

2- VARIEGATED SNAKE PLANT OR MOTHER-IN-LAW’S TONGUE

This is an incredible indoor plant that does not need full light and water. It can survive with little water and light plus little care is required for this striped green plant. 

It means that if you have a busy schedule and you have no time to take care of your plants then this plant is a good option to solve your problem.

Without any experience of planting, you can grow it because it can go weeks without care so it is fit for beginners who don’t know about gardening. This green plant will make your home’s environment healthy. 

If you grow this plant in your bedroom then it is good for your night’s sleep. Because this plant has the ability to release oxygen at night so you can breathe well while you are sleeping. 

It is best for filtering toxins like formaldehyde, xylene benzene, taurine, and trichloroethylene from the air.

3- BARBERTON DAISY

If you love colorful plants then this is best as compared to the above-mentioned two plants. Because it has colorful flowers, the best thing about this plant is that you can grow it indoors as well as outdoors.  

Due to their different colors like pink, orange, yellow and red, many people love to see them at home. You can grow this plant at any time of the year and each flower lasts about four to six weeks. This plant needs full natural light, the moist and well-drained soil to grow well.

4- WEEPING FIG TREE

It is a popular plant that can help to reduce the levels of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. The height of the plant is about three to six feet and you have to report it annually. This is a large indoor tree plant that needs full lighted room and regular water.

5- RED EDGED DRACAENA

This plant has spiky leaves that have the ability to fight against trichloroethylene and xylene. It is an evergreen plant that can grow up to 8 feet so grow it in that room that has a high ceiling. 

This plant adds color to your living area as its leaves have a bright red trim. Little maintenance is required because it can survive without sunlight and need very little water. It means that it is a good option for beginners to grow it.

6- PEACE LILY

This plant is also known as spathiphyllum. This plant can grow well in partial sunlight and humid climates. It is an undemanding plant that needs little care as it can grow well in low light. 

If you want to make this plant happy you should fertilize it in spring to promote its growth and make it possible to water it at least once a week. Its glossy green leaves can create a healthy environment after removing benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. 

In the spring season, it gives stunning white flowers for about two months. It is noted that lilies are poisonous for your pets so if you have any pet like a cat, dog or any bird then keep them away from it.

7- BROADLEAF LADY PALM

The height of this plant can be 14 feet tall and it is best for indoors as well as outdoors. The main requirements of the lady’s palm are moist soil and indirect sunlight. It can tolerate temperatures between 15 to 23 degrees.

This plant likes humidity, that’s why you can grow it in your bathroom. It can tolerate any temperature so you should not worry about it. This plant’s specialty is that it can reduce the levels of ammonia in your environment. 

Besides ammonia, this plant acts well against formaldehyde and xylene. A fully grown plant is very expensive so you should buy a smaller one or you can sow the seeds in the soil to get it.

8- SPIDER PLANT

For those people who have no idea about planting the spider plant is a perfect choice as it needs little maintenance. If you are a beginner you should grow those plants that need little care. 

It needs indirect sunlight with regular water. When spider plants mature they will produce beautiful white flowers. Spider plants purify toxins like carbon monoxide and xylene from the air. This plant is not harmful to your pets.

9- ENGLISH IVY

According to NASA, it is the number one air purifier. Another easy grow a plant that is very effective in reducing airborne fecal particles. Formaldehyde and benzene are the main targets it. It can easily propagate and climb on the walls and trees. 

You can grow them in small pots but they give a great look when they are planted in hanging planters or baskets. It is the best air purifier perennial vine that helps to filter the toxins from your house. 

It needs regular water and 4 hours of sunlight. Detoxified air is the best reward for the care of this beautiful plant.


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10- DEVIL’S IVY OR POTHOS

The other name of this plant is for those or golden pothos. It gets its name devil’s ivy because after killing all the germs it remains green even if you keep it in the dark. 

This heartleaf plant can reduce xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. This plant needs indirect light and regular water. You can easily grow it in pots and hanging baskets.

11- FLAMINGO LILY

The basic requirements for this plant to grow well are indirect sunlight, humid temperature, and water two times a week. It can be found naturally in rainforests and bloom throughout the year. 

It has beautiful and stunning red flowers that will enhance the beauty of your living space.  You can easily grow them in your bathroom or kitchen. It acts as a good purifier such as formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and toluene.

12- CHINESE EVERGREEN

It is a good choice for indoor growing and the best option for beginners because it can grow well in low light. When we grow plants inside our house the big problem is sunlight, sometimes it happens that there is no way of entering sunlight in our home. 

In that case, you have to grow those plants that need little light. This Plant is a very good cleanser of formaldehyde and Benzene. This is a tropical plant which like humid conditions you can keep in your bathroom or anywhere else in your home. 

13- BAMBOO PALM

This is not a small plant it needs space to grow because its height is about 4 to 12 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. This plant needs a well-soiled planter and makes it possible that it will get regular water and indirect sunlight. 

It is a pet-friendly plant and along with a great air-cleanser. It can remove toxins formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air.

14- RUBBER PLANT

Rubber plants basically belong to India. This plant likes bright light and weekly water in summer but in winter you can water them after 15 days. 

You can also grow rubber plants in a small pot. In your house and clean your atmosphere from xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

15- ALOE VERA 

Aloe vera plant has many benefits and due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help in repairing wounds and sunburn. It is used in different remedies for your face and hair. 

It is a lovely addition to your home. This plant has the ability to purify the air from formaldehyde and benzene; these two toxins are found in detergents and floor finishes. It is important to know that aloe vera likes sunny spots, so choose a location where your plant gets maximum sunlight. 

16- DRACAENA

This is a tall plant that can grow up to 15 feet high. If you have no issue regarding space you can grow it for filling voids and big spaces. This plant cannot tolerate direct sunlight so you have to place it where it gets indirect sunlight.  

The water requirement for this plant is once a week, especially in the summer. Too much water is harmful to this plant as it can cause root decay. It is an important purifier that can remove toxins like xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air.

17- CHRYSANTHEMUMS 

The other name of this plant is disbudded or mums. It is not only a purifier that reduces toxins like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene but also a great addition to your home because of its flowers. 

It needs proper maintenance but the result of this effort is awesome. First, it will decorate your house with beautiful and colorful blooms, and the second one it will provide you fresh air to breathe in. 

The basic requirements for this plant are bright indirect light and warm water for a drink. 

18- PHILODENDRON

The heart-shaped beautiful plant can easily grow indoors. A little care is required for periodic maintenance. It needs regular watering and bright indirect sunlight. It is environment friendly and can remove toxins like formaldehyde from your home.

19- DWARF DATE PALM

These plants belong to the palm family, you can say that these are babies of palm. They can grow well in partial shade and can be tall up to 6 to 10 feet. They can easily fight the toxins like formaldehyde and xylene. 

20- BOSTON FERN

You can easily grow this in hanging baskets. If you are a beginner then you can grow this fern in your house. Boston fern likes a humid environment and consistent moisture around it. 

Moist soil and sunlight make them happy. You can also grow them in balconies and patios. Formaldehyde and xylene are their basic target and they fight against these toxins and help you to make your home toxin-free.


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