7 Best Indoor Plants to Purify Air


In offices, homes, and other indoor areas, poor air quality can both cause health problems and make existing health problems worse. The major sources of indoor air pollutants are combustion byproducts, building materials, household products and chemicals, and bioeffluents. As per NASA research, certain common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome. Let us explore few tips and various plants to purify indoor air:

 Tips to purify indoor air through plants:

  • Place at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space
  • Avoid using non-organic or synthetic fertilizers for soil replenishment
  • Use the plants with largest leaves as they filter air and absorb the toxins
  • Place plants on desks, floors, window sills and special plant stand as they will convert carbon dioxide into oxygen

Also see: How to Keep Your Plants Watered While on Vacation

Various air filtering plants:

Every plant has its own favorite environmental conditions to grow and they also make us feel better. Each plants has specific air purifying quality:

1. Aloe (Aloe vera)
  • One of the easiest plant to grow
  • Must drain properly and do not flourish in standing water
  • Good for sunny kitchen window.
  • Aloe gel also help to heal cuts and burns
  • Sun-loving succulent helps clear pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene
2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • One of the easiest plant to grow
  • Loves bright, indirect sunlight
  • Safe plant for pets in the house
  • Helps to clear pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene
3. Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • Common foliage plants with long, wide leaves that are often variegated with lines of white, cream, or red.
  • Toxic to cats and dogs when eaten
  • Requires little attention, tolerates dry soil and irregular watering and prefers no direct sunlight.
  • Help to clear pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
4. Ficus/Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • It is a hardy plant that grows 2 to 10 feet
  • Grows in bright, indirect light and and moderate water needs for these types of plant.
  • Help to clear pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene and increase oxygen levels
5. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Blooms fragrant flowers throughout summer
  • Grows best in shady areas
  • Removes mold spores in the air, making it great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms
  • Help to clear pollutants like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
6. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Tolerates to low light levels and require occasional watering
  • Prefers drier conditions and some sun
  • Help to clear pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
7. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis)
  • Relatively easy to grow
  • Likes bright light and damp soil but can be tolerant of drought or partial light
  • Prefer high humidity and indirect light
  • Help to clear pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene

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Rajesh Giribuwa

Rajesh Giribuwa is an IT professional, motivational leader, blogger, author & founder of TheBlogOn. Rajesh is passionate about blogging on Interesting Tips, Tricks, and How-To Guides on various topics like Digital, Lifestyle, Health, Food, and Travel to provide access to comprehensive advice to people to improve their lives every day, so that they can utilize the maximum time in doing what they like.

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