Having plants in our homes has become increasingly important for many reasons! Adding interest to our homes for decor and connecting us with nature while staying indoors. One of the best benefits of having house plants is the air purifying elements in the home. With everyday cleaning and house products containing chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. Purifying houseplants help take in the toxins and release oxygen into the home instead.
Interior design is taking more consideration in adding the biophilic elements into our homes as well as how it looks. Here are some of the best purifying houseplants you can keep in the home that will help to reduce toxins around you.
1. Aloe Vera
An easy to grow succulent with thick green fleshy leaves. It emits oxygen while taking in carbon dioxide. You can also use the gel from inside aloe leaves to soothe scrapes on the skin. The best place for an Aloe Vera plant is a bright room but not in direct sunlight.
2. Spider Plant
A popular plant due to it’s easy growth and it’s durability in various conditions. This plant is difficult to kill so it’s definitely one of the best air purifying plants you can have in the home. It decreases carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. It even comes recommended as one of the top purifying plants direct from NASA.
3. Weeping Fig
If you’re looking for a larger house plant then a weeping fig is a good option. It grows between 3 to 6 feet tall indoors as it often needs trimming. It’s a quick growing plant and is top player in keeping the common toxins from household products at bay. This one needs to be watered regularly and needs a bright space for best results but not direct sunlight.
(Scindapsus Aures) aka Devils Ivy
Pothos is fast growing vine with and has a silver variety with beautiful markings if you’re looking for something a bit unusual. It still thrives in darker rooms although the growth will be a bit slower. Not much maintenance is needed and it’s a great plant for getting rid of the common household toxins.
5. Heartleaf Philodendron
You might be able to guess from the second half of it’s latin name that the glossy heart leaf plant is great for removing toxins from the air. The chemical it’s best known for removing is formaldehyde. There are many different varieties of Philodendron’s that work well for purifying the air. It’s good in low light rooms too.
5. Snake Plant
(Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)
The snake plant is actually a succulent so this one it’s pretty good in terms of minimum maintenance. You can leave it in darker areas but does better in sunlight. This is one of the best plants for removing toxins from the air. There’ll be no problem placing this plant in the bathroom as it does well in humid conditions.
7. English Ivy
The English Ivy an evergreen woody vine. They’re easy to grow outside as well as inside and take well to shady areas. This plant helps to reduce fecal matter and mould spores. So this one is definitely a good one to have in the home. However keep this one out if you have small children or animals as it has it’s own toxin, glycoside hedrin.
8. Rubber Plant
The rubber plant is very low maintenance so you can pretty much leave it to itself. Just make sure the soil is moist but don’t overwater it. It’s pretty good in low light but can take direct sunlight too. The large waxy leaves is it’s best feature along with it’s air cleaning properties.
9. Red Edged Dracaena
A beautiful plant thanks to its red edged spiky leaves. A small tree that is easy to care for so it’s another good one if you’re not particularly green fingered but would like some help with natural air filtering.
10. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen is another of the air purifying houseplants that’s great if you’re a newbie to house plants as it’s low maintenance. It also does well in low light as well keeping the air clean around you.
11. Peace Lily
One of the few flowering plants on the list that is good for cleaning the air. A tropical evergreen plant with beautiful white flowers. It’s great in low light but don’t expect too many flowers in that type environment. It prefers to be in a place on indirect sunlight. This is another plant suitable for humid rooms.
This plant purifying option is great because the Chrysanthemum has so many different colour options and is one of the best for removing toxins. It includes all the common culprits as well as ammonia. Chrysanthemums will need regular care but they do well in low to medium sunlight.
Which purifying houseplants have you got around the home and where?!