Air Purifying Plants can give Your Home a Breath of Fresh Air. These 10 Best air-purifying plants will help you remove toxins and improve air quality. I have curated a list of the best air-purifying plants that are easily available in India. Before we discuss the plants, let me answer a million-dollar question first.
Q) How many plants do you need to purify a room?
To reap the benefits, one should have at least two plants per 100 square feet. Keep in mind that plants with larger leaves purify air quicker.
Now, Let's get started:-
1. SNAKE PLANT
Also known as Mother-in-Law's Tongue, is a yellow-tipped plant which releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping. It is a low maintenance plant which can even thrive if neglected. It is one of the best plants for placing in the bedroom to get a great night sleep. Be careful not to overwater as roots may rot in moist soil. Snake plant thrives in dry conditions.
Toxins removed: xylene formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, and toluene
2. ENGLISH IVY
When it comes to air purifying plants, this is one of the best indoor houseplants. This evergreen climbing plant is well adapted to indoor conditions. This plant grows well in small pots and looks great in hanging pots. It is particularly effective at reducing airborne faecal particles which makes it the perfect air purifier for your bathroom or ensuite rooms. In addition, studies have shown that the ivy can also help combat mould levels in the home.
English ivy requires generous watering during its growth and few hours of sunlight in a day, and it will return the love to you with clean detoxified air.
Toxins removed: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde
3. CHINESE EVERGREEN
The Chinese Evergreen plant comes in many varieties and is one of the easiest indoor house plants to grow.
This plant can be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics. These plants tolerate most climatic conditions and even thrive in humid temperatures with medium to low light conditions. This plant may be toxic to animals.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde, benzene and more
4. SPIDER PLANT
For the newbie house gardeners, this is the best air purifying plant, to begin with. Spider plants grow quickly and can thrive in just about any condition. You just need to water your spider plants two to three times a week.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde, xylene, carbon monoxide
5. Bamboo Palm
If you have some extra space, then try a bamboo palm (these trees can grow from 4 to 12 feet). Bamboo palm likes bright, but not direct sunlight. One needs to place the palm in a well- soiled planter and at a place where air circulates freely. Bamboo palms are safe to keep in a house with pets.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde, benzene, and more (some studies suggest that the plant also removes carbon monoxide, xylene, chloroform and trichloroethylene)
6. Lady Palm
Lady Palm is a great option when it comes to air purifying. Perfect for indoors or outdoors, this plant can grow up to 14-feet tall.
Lady palms prefer indirect light, moist soil, and can thrive in almost any temperature.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene
7. Peace Lily
In the 1980s, NASA discovered that Peace lilies were one of the best plants for removing common household toxins. Peace lilies thrive in almost all light conditions. Peace lilies are poisonous to both cats and dogs if consumed. Lillies are un-demanding plants to look after and can be a perfect addition to any room.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia, and more
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, in addition to its anti-inflammatory properties repairing wounds and helping with sunburn, turns out to be a great air purifier too. This plant can thrive in warm well-lit rooms and loves sunny spot.
Toxins removed: formaldehyde and benzene
Chrysanthemums or as they are also called “mums” can brighten up the kitchen or living room and are ranked the highest for air purification. This flower loves sunlight, so the best spot for this plant is near a window. Mums only bloom for about six weeks and without the flowers, it won’t be purifying the air.
Toxins removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene
10. Areca Palm
This plant is easier to grow outdoors but if you have space inside your house then with bright filtered light, this plant will make a pretty addition to the room. This thirsty plant needs plenty of water during growth.
Toxins removed: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and more
More ways to purify the air in your home
In addition to plants, there are some other ways you can purify the air in your home:
In fact, you can also use Airpurifier in combination with the air purifying plants for best results.