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Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants For Your Home

10 Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants For Your Home

There are many air purifying indoor plants that you can add to your home that not only filter the air but also boast some other surprising health benefits. This includes reducing your stress/fatigue, boosting your mood/productivity, and reducing noise levels. Many owners also claim that taking care of plants is therapeutic for the body and soul.

Is the hype about air purifying plants true?

Yes! NASA even did a study to prove how effective some indoor plants are at purifying air pollutants. This includes toxins like Formaldehyde and Benzene that are commonly found in paint, cigarettes, vinyl, and solvents. Scientists say the bigger and leafier the plant is, the better, but a large plant isn’t always an option for small apartments and townhouses. So we’ve included some smaller indoor plants in this list that should suit any size home.

Keep reading to find out the 10 best air purifying indoor plants that we highly recommend!

Devil's Ivy

1. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum) is by far one of the best air purifying indoor plants you can easily get your hands on in Australia. It’s hard to kill and perfect for any experience level; whether you’re new or seasoned. Devil’s Ivy has also been proven to effectively cleanse a wide range of pollutants from the air that includes:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide

This plant makes a gorgeous addition to any sized home; whether hanging from a ceiling or placed on a shelf. Devil’s Ivy (also known as “Golden Pothos”) is a lush vining plant with bright green leaves. This means it can thrive in pretty much any type of environment.

Care: Devil’s Ivy can do well in any type of lighting in your home; however, it does best in bright indirect light as direct sunlight can damage its leaves. Water your Devil’s Ivy once every 1 to 2 weeks, and don’t worry too much if you forget. This plant is resilient and can withstand neglect.

Air Purifying Peace Lily

2. Peace Lily

The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) is another great air filtering plant that’s easy to take care of. The Peace Lily can effectively clean the following air pollutants from your home in the right conditions:

  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene

The Peace Lily is a popular air purifying house plant because it has bright glossy green leaves and gorgeous white lily-like flowers.

Care: Peace Lilies are beginner-friendly and only require watering every 1 to 2 weeks when the soil feels mostly dry. You can fertilise this plant weekly with an organic fertiliser during the growing season to keep it at its peak health and promote the growth of flowers.

Dragon Tree Indoor Plant

3. Dragon Tree

The indoor Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata) isn’t your typical plant for air purification. Though it can effectively filter out the following air pollutants from your home or office:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

The Dragon Tree is a favourite among most plant lovers, and understandably so! It can add dimension to any sized space with its long thin leaves that can be variegated with hues of red and pale yellow. It’s also really easy to take care of and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Care: Dragon Trees can survive in low to medium light, but grow the best in bright indirect light that gets a decent amount of humidity. Be wary though of excessive sun exposure, as it can burn its fragile leaves. Water your Dragon Tree regularly and allow it to completely dry before watering again. Fertilise your Dragon Tree every month in the spring and summer months to promote growth.

Boston Fern

4. Boston Fern

The Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata) is known for its long lacy fronds that take on a sword-like appearance. It makes for a great hanging plant and is also perfect for filling large spaces. Boston Ferns are known to effectively clean the following air pollutants that can be linked to headaches and breathing issues:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene

Care: Boston Ferns need a little more attention than most indoor plants that clean the air. It prefers humid environments and needs to be consistently watered. You can mist the plant regularly to recreate humidity in your home. This plant prefers to be in places with indirect sunlight: too little can result in lighter colours, and too much sun can damage the fronds. It can be a bit touchy and somewhat difficult to keep alive if you’re a beginner. For soil, be sure to use rich loamy soil that has good drainage. Fertilise your Boston Fern through spring and fall with a 50/50 fertiliser.

Air Purifying Rubber Plant

5. Rubber Plant

The Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) is a gorgeous tree in its natural environment and can grow to great heights with the proper care. Thankfully, this unique plant is low maintenance and a great air purifying option for plant parents that tend to be more on the forgetful side when it comes to watering. The Rubber Tree can effectively filter the following pollutants from the air:

  • Mould spores
  • Bacteria
  • Formaldehyde

Care: Rubber Plants prefer to have their soil kept moist, so you will want to be sure to water this plant at least once a week. Ideally, the soil will be well-draining and you should regularly fertilise it throughout the year with a water-soluble fertiliser. The Rubber Plant also enjoys a good misting now and then.

Air Purifying Snake Plant

6. Snake Plant

The Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata, formally Sansevieria Trifasciata) is a drought-resistant indoor plant that’s known for its green snake-like leaves. It boasts a range of health benefits and looks great in any home. The Snake Plant can effectively clean the following air pollutants from the air:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene

Snake Plants can also be helpful with people who have allergies. They can naturally release a lot of oxygen and moisture in the air; reducing airborne allergens like dust and dander. We recommend putting a Snake Plant in your room if you suffer from allergies or have trouble sleeping.

Care: Snake Plants require low to medium light and is best watered at least once a month. Be sure to allow the soil to dry completely before watering again, as overwatering can lead to root rot. Fertilise your Snake Plant 2 to 3 times during the growing season with simple all-purpose plant food.

Lady Palm

7. Lady Palm

The Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa) has a fascinating history. It was created by Chinese cultivators for the purpose of fanning cool air and cannot be found naturally in the wild. The Lady Palm is one of the few plants in existence that can help reduce ammonia levels commonly found in cleaning products. It’s also listed as an official NASA air purifying plant! There are studies that show that the Lady Palm effectively filters out the following air pollutants:

  • Benzene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Formaldehyde

This plant loves humidity and does well in bathrooms (as long as there is a window) that it can get some indirect sunlight from.

Care: Lady Palms grow the best in indirect sunlight and is tolerant of many soil types. You also won’t need to fertilise this plant. Water regularly as the Lady Palm does need to keep its soil consistently moist. This plant loves humid spaces, and regular misting can make it happy.

Air Purifying Spider Plant

8. Spider Plant

The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) is a favourite among the plant community because it’s simple to take care of and adds a nice statement to any room. It’s also one of the more common indoor plants for air purification. This plant regularly makes it into our top 10 lists, and for a good reason. It’s effective at cleaning the following air pollutants:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene

It also produces a lot of oxygen, making it easier to breathe in your space. The Spider Plant is known for its gorgeous green arching leaves and fast-growing shoots that you can propagate and sell on UpPlant.

Care: Spider Plants are low-maintenance and very forgiving if you overwater them. You’ll want to check the soil every now and then to make sure it is pretty much dry before watering again. This is usually every 1 to 2 weeks. You can fertilise your Spider Plant every 2 to 3 weeks with a balanced fertiliser, but it’s not necessary. The Spider Plant prefers brighter indirect lighting conditions but can thrive in just about any light.

Aloe Vera Plant

9. Aloe Vera Plant

The Aloe Vera Plant (Aloe Barbadensis) does a fantastic job of purifying the air for a succulent. This fan favourite is very hardy and as a result, can survive even the most neglectful of plant parents. You probably already know about the Aloe Vera Plant for its ability to soothe cuts and burns. What many people don’t realize is that Aloe can also help filter out the following air pollutants:

  • Benzene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Formaldehyde

Care: The Aloe Vera plant does best in bright indirect sunlight and is pleasantly drought-resistant. You should only water it sparingly and make sure the soil is completely dried out before watering again. Use a well-draining soil with a mixture of sand. You can also find good brands of cactus potting soil at your local plant store.

English Ivy Plant

10. English Ivy Plant

Last but not least on our best air purifying plants list is the English Ivy Plant (Hedera Helix). It’s a popular feature in many outdoor gardens and is commonly seen framing brick garages in Aussie backyards. This is because it grows so quickly and is pleasing to the eye. When grown indoors, the English Ivy Plant has been shown to be effective at cleaning the following populates:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene

Furthermore, studies have indicated that it also can help reduce the growth of mould in humid rooms.

Care: English Ivy should be placed in bright indirect light when kept indoors. You will need to pot this plant in a well-draining potting mix. Ivies tend to prefer their soil on the dryer side, so water every 1 to 2 weeks, checking to ensure the soil at the top is dry. Regularly fertilise your English Ivy Plant every two weeks during the growing season in Spring and Summer.

Things to remember when buying air purifying indoor plants

Plants are an excellent way to keep pollutants in your home to a minimum. Buying more than one purifying plant can also increase the effects. But you shouldn’t just rely on indoor plants to do all the heavy lifting. UpPlant recommends that you consistently clean your home, open windows and doors to increase ventilation, and also avoid toxic cleaning products when possible.

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