Grow Indoor Plants That Clean The Air


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Stagnant indoor environments breed pollutants that create havoc in our body functions. Apart from their aesthetic beauty, indoor plants absorb particulates and carbon monoxide from the air. Microorganisms in potting soil also help cleanse your home off toxins. Top 5 air purifying plants are Aloe Vera, Bamboo plant, Rubber Plant, Chinese Evergreen and Peace Lily.

Houseplants not only add to the aesthetic beauty of your home, but play a vital role in purifying the air. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be breathing in. Indoor plants that clean the air around you can be the best decorative elements of your home, and improve the air quality of your home, as concluded by NASA. Indoor plants that clean the air are nature’s life support system. Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. But that’s not all—microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect.

Indoor Plants for Air Purification

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the best air purification plants that filters out air pollutants and toxins. Apart from air purification, its gel has amazing healing properties as well. It can be used for wounds, cuts and burns. It also helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. It can easily grow in a small pot or a window sill.

Bamboo Palm

This plant is great at filtering out benzene and trichloroethylene, both of which can regularly creep into living spaces. It also helps to restore moisture that tends to dry due to indoor heating units. This is one of the top air purifying plants on NASA’s list with a purifying score of 8.4. It’s also great at removing formaldehyde, which could be making you ill. These plants need to be well-watered in indirect sunlight.

[Read: Which Plants Are Natural Air Purifiers?]

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are beautiful and can thrive without consistent water and sunlight. They can keep your air free of ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene making it one of the best air purifying plants. These plants can be a stunning addition to your indoor space! Note: If you own or live with cats the Peace Lily is known to be extremely toxic to cats if they consume it.

Rubber Plant

The oxygen output of a rubber plant is higher than most other indoor plants, allowing it to purify more air in less time. It can be helpful in removing toxins and pollutants from the inside of homes. It is especially tough on formaldehyde. This plant can survive in low sunlight and low temperatures unlike most plants its size.

Chinese Evergreen

They say, the longer you keep a Chinese evergreen plant in your home, the more effective will it become at removing indoor toxins. It’s great at getting rid of benzene and formaldehyde. They are thought to bring good luck and were used as decoration in Asian countries long before they made it west.

Edited by Pragya Sharoff

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Bill Edwards
Bill Edwards 5pts

Onion plants also make the best super air purifiers. Those cancerous bpa's from plastic in the home. Filter them

Ricky Nova
Ricky Nova 5pts

Get the list and we'll look at them

Durga Prasad
Durga Prasad 5pts

wow i never knew about it well i will plan one for my home and office thanks for the info

Yolanda Munguia-Canals
Yolanda Munguia-Canals 5pts

I'm going to buy aloe vera and English Ivy for sure cus i have heard it's gd.for oxygen

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Zubeda Arshad
Zubeda Arshad 5pts

Great info but you should have provided fotos of plants mentioned

Hamida Sidik
Hamida Sidik 5pts

I have aloe Vera and cala lilies thanks i didn't know that are good for indoor \U0001f44d

Diane Smith
Diane Smith 5pts

So easy to grow. Bought one in Ikea and was cheap and is not in need of a bigger pot. Wonderful plants

Patty Fitzgerald
Patty Fitzgerald 5pts

Have several in my house, but I didn't know they were good for that. I was going to give them away. Thanks for telling me that.

Norel DC Pedron
Norel DC Pedron 5pts

My son has a small Aloe Vera, just like the picture, but it's growing fast ;) And I have a English Ivy..

Rudia Begum
Rudia Begum 5pts

Aloe vera and I use it on my face as well\U0001f60a

Johnbenedict Abellon
Johnbenedict Abellon 5pts

trying lots of indoor plants... but after few months it is wilted... gonna try this! :)

Adlime Aor
Adlime Aor 5pts

yes i have plant aloe vera inside my room .air purification..pala gannda.

Urmila Jagtap
Urmila Jagtap 5pts

Aloe vera. Tulasi. Pudina. Ginger, lime leaves. Curry leaves.

Myriam Cumigad
Myriam Cumigad 5pts

Magtanim ka nga jan sa maliliit na pots mayron pa sa bodega ta ilagay m sa ofis n kusina

Suraj Khanna
Suraj Khanna 5pts

Gud Ayurveda.Alovera is a useful plant otherwise too

Jhum Jhum
Jhum Jhum 5pts

My alovera tree is absolutely not growing up in my house.. How can i keep them alive?? :(

Jay Sunjai Ubdhoot
Jay Sunjai Ubdhoot 5pts

Forget to mention the research was publish by NASA n printed in daily mirror