Houseplants bring greenery, drama, positivity, and refreshment. They also work great for home decor. But what’s best about them is that they are great air-purifiers and make the atmosphere toxic-free for us, which is great for both our body and mind.
Houseplants also improve the oxygen levels around us. You might be considering getting air-purifying houseplants for your house now, right? To help you select the right ones, we have listed the 5 best air-purifying plants for your house.
1. Spider plant
Research confirmed that Spider plants are a great air-purifier that removes around 90% of air pollutants from our surrounding atmosphere. It eliminates toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
NASA tested one Spider plant variety named Chlorophytum elatum. The results showed that its leaf surface area could remove around 10,378 micrograms of formaldehyde from the air within 24 hours.
The plant terminates toxins from the furniture, polish, paint thinners, tobacco, and detergent aerosols and makes the air refined and breathable. It removes ozone and carbon monoxide and improves oxygen levels. This plant is safe around pets too.
Let it have bright indirect sunlight, weekly watering, room temperature, and 50% humidity levels. You can keep them in your living or bedrooms, and even bathrooms.
2. Snake plant
The next on our list is the most loved Snake plant. The leaves can remove at least 9,727 micrograms of toxins like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, toluene, and benzene in 24 hours.
Snake plants also make great home decor, so you can keep them in your living room, bedrooms, or rooms where you spend most of your time and receive fresh air to breathe. It also calms our minds and aids good sleep.
If you are looking to gift indoor plants, then snake plant is an excellent choice.
You can also keep them in bathrooms with indirect light since the plant prefers 40-50% humidity levels and can endure low to medium indirect light. Water the plant when the soil feels dry. And protect it from extreme temperatures.
Dracaena is a famous houseplant known for its ability to eliminate formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air and purify it. In the NASA air purification study, Dracaenas are considered the best houseplant for cleansing the breathing air.
Dracaenas can remove maximum toxic air pollutants from the air except for ammonia. They also add extra greenery with their lance-shaped green leaves. It can also help improve concentration. Thus, it is ideal for work and study places.
If you want a plant that adds greenery and removes toxic air pollutants, get Dracaenas. Some Dracaena varieties best for air purification are Marginata, Deremensis Warneckei, Mass Cane, and Deremensis Janet Craig.
Let them have bright indirect sunlight and weekly watering. The only downside is that these are toxic to pets, so you must keep them away.
4. Peace Lily
Another lovely houseplant that purifies the air is Peace Lily. As the name suggests, having this plant in the house spreads peace and positivity, thus calming your body and mind.
Peace Lily is considered one of the best air-purifying plants because its leaves destroy around 41,392 micrograms of benzene from the air in 24 hours.
Peace Lilies can remove ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. But, despite so many advantages, a demerit is that the plant is toxic to pets. So, wherever you keep it, ensure it stays away from the pets’ reach.
Another thing you get from Peace Lilies besides air-filtration is their lovely white, spathe-shaped flowers if they stay in good health.
You can keep the plant in your bedroom or living room. Ensure it receives bright indirect sunlight, weekly watering, and room temperature of 68-85°F. Their requirement for 50-60% humidity and indirect sunlight makes them ideal for bathrooms with windows.
To know everything about growing a peace lily, check the How To Care For Peace Lily Indoor? (Ultimate Care Guide).
5. Aloe Vera
Last but not least on our list is Aloe Vera. We all are aware of Aloe Vera’s medicinal benefits. Aloe Vera can also purify the breathing air by removing formaldehyde and benzene.
Each leaf removes 1,555 micrograms of formaldehyde in 24 hours. But since the plant removes only two toxins, you must add other plants that eradicate the remaining toxins.
The plant is loaded with medicinal properties. The gel inside the leaves is used for treating sunburn and wounds, haircare, skincare, and health care.
Aloe Vera’s star-like shape makes your interior look simple yet sophisticated. So, if you want a plant that can be used for multiple purposes along with air purification, add Aloe Vera. Please keep them in your bedroom or living room.
Give the plant bright indirect sunlight and water every 1-2 weeks. The plant is toxic for pets, placing them at a location where pets can’t reach.
If you want to grow succulents like Aloe Vera in your house, check out Richa’s amazing blog Nurserylady, where she shares informative blogs on succulents.