10 Air Purifying Plants to Improve Air Quality at Your Home

10 Air Purifying Plants to Improve Air Quality at Your Home

With the ever-increasing air pollution in India, nearly 1.3 billion of the Indian population inhale the toxic fumes every day. And to add to the already existing air pollution many household appliances and other chores play a part in producing harmful chemicals.

air purifying plants

It makes so much sense to add an air purifier to your house to deal with the poor air quality inside the home premises. These devices use a range of technologies, including HEPA, ionization, activated carbon filters, and ozone generation, which remove most of the common contaminants in the air.

It might come as a shock to some but some plants are natural air purifiers, and adding such air purifying plants to your home can boost the air quality inside your home. These air purifying plants helps in removing harmful chemicals produced by household appliances.

10 Air Purifying plants for your home

1.Aloe Vera

Starting with the most popular, aloe vera has many health and beauty benefits. The amino acids, vitamins, and other enzymes present in the gel of aloe vera leaves provide the plant anti-inflammatory as well as wound healing powers.

Aloe vera not only treats cuts and bruises but is also one of the best air purifying plant if you want to improve your indoor air quality. It is particularly useful in removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. Aloe vera is readily available and does not require any special treatment to grow under normal conditions.

2.Golden pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Also referred to as Devil’s Ivy, Devil’s Vine, and Silver Vine is one of the easiest plants to grow and manage. Golden pothos helps get rid of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and other foul odors present in the house.

The plant can thrive in areas with little light and need watering every 9-10 days.

3.Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

If you are looking for a plant that can do more than just improve the air quality in your home or office, the chrysanthemum should be at the top of your list. Their flowers are so beautiful and can also add color to your living room.

Native to Northeast Europe and Asia these plants are bright and it is advised to place them near a window so that they can get sun. They are also readily available in most flower shops in India and online nurseries.

The Chrysanthemum helps get rid of benzene and ammonia in your home.

4.Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)       

Growing bamboo palm plants is another great way to add color and warmth indoors. However, its other secret benefits include removing toxic indoor air pollutants, like toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

5.Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum)

If you need the best air purifying plant which also looks elegant as a tabletop plant then you don’t need to look any further than this. The plant derves it name from greek word aglos which means shining.

the plant can be placed pretty much anywhere in your house, as it can bear low to medium light conditions and can also thrive and prosper in any temperature conditions.

6.Peace Lily

Not only does peace lily remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene from the harmful air inside your house, but it is also easygoing.

As beautiful as the plant may seem with its dark green foliage and white blossoms Peace lily only requires watering once every week, and when placed inside the bedroom can also relieve stress.

Peace Lilies remove at least 5 types of toxic compounds: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene.

7.Corn Plant

This African plant can be the next addition to your home. The plant is easy to grow and removes toxins like xylene, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air we breathe

8.Spider Plant

Often known as the Airplane plant, this is yet another tough houseplant that you can grow easily. In Africa, this plant is mostly used as spinach thanks to its high levels of nutrients.

Spider Plant can filter out ethylbenzene, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and xylene.

9.Lady Palm

Lady Palm, scientifically known as Rhapis Excelsa, is one of the few plants in the list that can reduce levels of ammonia in your house.

This plant can be grown both outdoors and indoors and gives a touch of formal elegance wherever it is placed. We recommend you to place it inside the bathroom, the entrance or the living room.

If planted outdoors, it can reach a height of up to 12 feet. Enclosed in a container, it remains smaller and therefore much easier to grow indoors.

Lady Palm removes toxins such as carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene from the air. Although the plant is a little expensive to buy fully grown it is recommended to buy a smaller one.

10.Wine fig (Ficus Benjamina)

Weeping Fig comes from Asia and Australia and is Bangkok’s national plant. This plant is characterized by slender branches with dense, glossy leaves that stand out elegantly from its trunk.

The plant can be grown both outdoors as well indoors. However, keep in mind that it can reach heights of up to 60 feet if grown outdoors although the indoor plantation is manageable at 2 to 10 feet.

Weeping Fig is a low-maintenance plant that helps remove trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.

source (wikipedia)

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