10 Air Purifying Plants

With the global pandemic restricting the majority to the safety of their homes. Inactivity will eventually creep in as we become clogged with the space and poor quality of air circulating. The best wealth in life is health, so you need to put the quality of the air you breathe on high priority. The air around us is polluted with carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde, to mention but a few. As the world is adopting technological advancements, there are crucial things we cannot solely rely on from such developments as the quality of the air we breathe. And the best way to purify our air is by adding plants to our lovely homes. In this blog, we share 10 of the best air purifying plants to help improve air quality. Read on.

10 Air Purifying Plants

1. Ficus

Research conducted by NASA proved that ficus trees, also known as weeping figs, extract pollutants such as xylene and formaldehyde from indoor spaces. The plants are highly sensitive; their leaves quickly turn yellowish and fall when they are moved to a new location and a shift in watering routines. Eventually, the leaves will replenish as the plant is acquainted with the new environment. The majority of the ficus trees thrive in filtered or indirect light. And maintenance is quite easy, they need a lot of humidity, but you have to water again when the topsoil is dry.


2. Flamingo

This is one of the plants you can keep in your house and enjoy all year giving you great blooms if you take good care of it. While the leaves maintain the green texture, the plant will be busy removing toluene, ammonia, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home. The plant thrives in conditions with lower lighting, so you do not have to move it around every day. All you need to do to ensure the plant plays; it’s part is to wipe the leaves with water to remove insects and dust. And remember to keep the plant-soil humid.


3. Bamboo Plant

The bamboo plant is one of the plants that thrive in both sunlight and dark spaces. It’s an ideal house plant for any room setup. The plant also acts as a humidifier adding moisture; it also removes trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene from the air. The plant is an all year rounder and requires little maintenance perfect for someone with a busy schedule. You only have to water it once every 10 days.

Bamboo Plant

4. Peace Lily

The Peace Lily plant species are well known for removing pollutants such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. They are quite easy to maintain and care for; they even go the extra mile showing signs of bowing when they need to be watered. The plants have green leaves and beautiful white flower blooms. But keep away from children and pets as they can be toxic. Always wash your hands after tending to the plant.

 Peace Lily

5. Spider Plant

The spider plants are easy to grow and care for, the plant grows well in bright and partly shady areas. It works well in removing harmful toxins from the air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. They are also great for decorating internal spaces with their remarkable tiny white flowers. You can hang them in baskets but make sure that the soil is not soggy and let the soil partially dry in between watering routines.

Spider Plant

6. Pothos

You may know the Pothos plant, but with a different name, it’s sometimes called the ivy arum, taro vine, money plant, hunter’s robe, or the golden pothos. This is a result of a variety of other different species of the same family. But, overall the plants are well known for cleaning the air around us, removing formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, and carbon monoxide. The plants are tropicals; they require medium to low sunlight; this will turn their leaves to solid green.


7. Philodendron

While other plants come with different names and colours, the Philodendrons plants have a variety of colours and sizes. Their leaves may also come in different shapes as well. The plants can easily adapt to most home environments with medium to bright sunlight light. Research conducted by Nasa found that the plants remove indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde. These pollutants can be found in carpets as well as some of the cleaning products. The best part is you only have to water the plants after one or two weeks.


8. Parlor Palm

The Parlor palms plant has been popular since the Victorian Era, up to today. A special thanks to their ability for adapting to environments with partly sunny conditions as in many homes. As stated in NASA's study on plants; the Parlor Palm plants have the ability to clean the air. They remove trichloroethylene and benzene from any home or workplace. You can water the plant after one to two weeks.

Parlor Palm

9. Aloe Vera

Aloe plants are relatively easy to grow and maintain. They remove toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air. So if you have recently painted your home, consider placing succulents to remove the toxins. The plants thrive in sunny and bright spaces, so consider placing them somewhere where the sun shines through. You can grow them together with cactus in the same potting. And be careful not to bruise yourself.

Aloe Vera

10. Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Mother-in-law’s tongue or better known as the Snake Plant is a hardy succulent. It’s a great plant to incorporate into your home decor. The plant wards off snakes and also cleans the air in home spaces. It thrives in harsh conditions, with both high and low temperatures. But, you have to be careful not to under or overwater.

 Mother-in-Law's Tongue

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