The Best Air Purifying Houseplants

Posted April 28, 2012 by LSloane in Wellbeing

Discover the best air purifying houseplants. Here we list the top houseplants that have been proven to clean and purify the air in your home. We look at the health benefits of investing in certain houseplants and offer a quick guide to caring for your houseplants to ensure maximum air purifying benefits.


Investing in houseplants is an excellent cost effective way to help clean and filter the air inside your home naturally. Attractive to the eye and full of health benefits houseplants are often overlooked at being a primary air purifier.

The air purifying benefits of houseplants are:

Purify the air of pollutants.

Purify the air of toxins and chemicals.

Balance humidity.

Many omit high oxygen content.

Many remove carbon dioxide.


The Best Air Purifying Houseplants

Research indicates that all houseplants aid in the purifying of indoor air to some extent due to their natural photosynthesis processes. However some houseplants are particularly effective in purifying indoor air. Here is our list of the top air purifying houseplants:
    • Aloe Vera
    • Areca Palm
    • Australian Sword Fern
    • Baby Rubber Plant
    • Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm
    • Boston Fern
    • Chinese Evergreen
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Corn Cane or Mass Cane
      The health benefits of houseplants are immense. Certain types of houseplants have been proven to reduce the risk of colds, allergies, asthma and congestion complaints; as well as reducing the risk of cancer, disease and high blood pressure. Houseplants can also improve headaches, mental health and aid better sleep.
    • Dragon Tree
    • Dwarf Date Palm
    • English Ivy
    • Gerbera Daisy
    • Golden Pothos
    • Janet Craig Dracaena
    • Kimberley Queen Fern
    • Lady Palm
    • Moth Orchid
    • Peace Lily
    • Philodendron
    • Snake Plant
    • Spider Plant
    • Weeping fig
    • Umbrella Tree

Caring For Your Air Purifying Houseplants

  1. Attempt to invest in one houseplant per 100 square feet of your home to sufficiently purify all the air throughout your home.
  2. Dust the leaves regularly using a damp cloth. This will ensure full absorption of chemical and toxins.
  3. You should always water houseplants with enough water to cause an overflow to seep through the bottom of the plant pot. You should then remove this excess water. This will flush out any excess salts in the soil that could destroy your houseplant.
  4. Avoid non organic or synthetic fertilizers.
  5. Attempt to collect rainwater as houseplants flourish better with natural water.
  6. Invest in a moisture meter. Once inserted into the soil of a houseplant the moisture meter will give you a moisture reading; informing you if the plant requires watering.
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