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10 Fabulous Houseplants that Work as Living Air Purifiers

Our nature has a way of keeping itself clean. There are many powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. 

We picked ten of our favourites below.  

Indoor Plants bring in freshness and beauty to any home, they add to the character the living spaces. Having indoor plants is a welcome treat for those who do not have the space for a garden and city dwellers confined to the small spaces of an apartment. If you are good with plants it is an easy job to have a variety of house plants or indoor plants and keep changing them at regular intervals.


Here our top 10 list goes

10. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • About: A beautiful houseplant with long grassy leaves, the spider plant also grows rapidly. 
  • Good at: This elegant plant is great at removing poisonous gases as well as other impurities like formaldehyde and xylene. 
  • Where to keep: For better effect, it should be kept in the kitchen or near the fireplace, as these are the places where carbon monoxide accumulates a lot.


9. Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata bostoniensis)
  • About: An exotic plant that has gracefully arching fronds and frilly leaves, the Boston fern also acts as a natural humidifier. 
  • Good at: By releasing moisture into the air, they remove nasty air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and xylene, providing clean air inside the home.
  • Where to keep: Boston ferns grow better in filtered sunlight and in humid conditions. 


8. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • About: Despite its poisonous leaves, English ivy is a very popular houseplant and is best suited for people with asthma and allergic conditions.
  • Good at: Thus, it keeps the inside air non-toxic. With its ground-covering quality, English ivy also often serves well in landscaping.
  • Where to keep: Easy to grow in bright sunlight, this plant has the amazing ability to remove benzene and formaldehyde and to off-gas various chemicals released by synthetic materials.


7. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  • About: This very sensitive plant with feathery fronds is best known as a humidifier. Though the plant grows slowly and needs year-round care,
  • Good at: The areca palm helps remove deadly toxins like formaldehyde and xylene.
  • Where to keep: it can be kept anywhere in the house, especially next to newly varnished furniture or in carpeted areas.


6. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • About: Also known as Devil’s ivy or silver vine, the golden pothos can be a highly invasive plant.
  • Good at: Yet it is also very efficient when it comes to removing indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene. That said, care should be taken as the plant is toxic to small animals such as dogs and cats, and even to kids.
  • Where to keep: With evergreen leaves and progressive stems, this hardy plant easily overtakes its surrounding area.


5. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
  • About: We all know that aloe vera is present in many skin care products.
  • Good at: Not only does it help with skin burns but also with filtering various gas emissions from dangerously toxic materials. Claimed to possess tons of medicinal properties.
  • Where to keep: This incredible succulent can also be grown as an ornamental plant.


4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
  • About: An excellent air-purifier plant, Chinese evergreen is a herbaceous perennial plant. A very common houseplant with shiny, green leaves that have interesting markings on them,
  • Good as: It can also filter out airborne toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.
  • Where to keep: It grows even better with less water and minimum light.


3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • About: Widely used as an ornamental plant.
  • Good as: Scientists at NASA have found out that this plant has the amazing ability to absorb formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, and a variety of other chemicals present in the air.
  • Where to keep: The snake plant is an evergreen perennial species that is tolerant of irregular watering and less lightning.

2. Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
  • About: One cannot ignore the beauty of marginata, a plant that has glossy thin leaves with red edges. It is a famously slow-growing flowering houseplant with very few growing requirements.
  • Good as: It also not only removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air, but is also capable of filtering out other toxins present.
  • Where to keep: However, proper care should be taken while placing the plant inside, as it could be poisonous to dogs.


1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • About: Our top houseplant is the peace lily,
  • Good as: which is known to reduce harmful indoor toxins that may cause cancer. An easy-to-care-for houseplant, the peace lily is a great pollution fighter and air-purifier. It helps in removing benzene and formaldehyde present in the house.
  • Where to keep: An easy-to-care-for houseplant.


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