Purifying house plants can reduce the levels of CO2 and harmful chemical compounds in the air by up to 40%! These plants will also increase the humidity in the air and remove stale, old air. But…we all know that looking after house plants is easier said than done.
Here are 9 of the best air purifying house plants that super low maintenance and hard to kill.
These indoor plants can:
1. Reduce indoor air pollution
2. Reduce irritation to nose, ears and mouth from chemicals inside the home
3. Lower your stress
4. Prevent or ease coughing and congestion
1. Spider Plant
Super easy to keep, the spider plant is one of the hardest plants to kill, making them a great choice for beginners or busy owners.
Spider plants love bright, indirect sunlight so can be placed in most areas of the home. They remove formaldehyde and xylene toxins from the air.
2. Snake Plant
Considered the hardest plant to kill. Whilst snake plants do need to be watered occasionally, they generally prefer drier conditions.
Plus, they can tolerate most light conditions, making them perfect for practically any home, flat or office space. They remove formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and trichloroethylene toxins from the air.
3. Garden Mums
Mum’s the word! Perhaps a more surprising choice, garden mums are not only easy to keep but are beautiful when in full bloom too. Inexpensive and available from most garden stores, garden mums are great if you’re looking for a little colour.
Just make sure to keep them in a cool spot that receives no more than 10 hours direct sunlight, and away from pets (as they’re toxic to them if eaten!). They remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
4. Peace Lily
Small and compact, the peace lily is great for small spaces. Keep peace lilies in a shady spot, and make sure the soil without overwatering it.
With their beautiful bloom, they’re sure to add a touch of elegance to any room too. They remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Just make sure to keep away from pets!
5. Aloe Vera
Considered easy to care for, Aloe Vera not only removes formaldehyde from the air, but also comes with some serious health benefits.
Packed with minerals, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, its gel is perfect for quick burn relief. Simply break open a leaf to extract the goo.
Great for small spaces. Pothos can be grown under all light conditions, even artificial light. Perfect for rooms with small windows or no direct sunlight. They remove formaldehyde from the air.
7. Weeping Fig
Looking for a bigger indoor houseplant? The weeping fig can grow up to 10 feet. But don’t let that put you off.
This super low maintenance plant only needs bright, indirect sunlight and for the soil to dry out between waterings. Simple. They remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
Often found in offices, these inexpensive plants come in more than 40 different varieties. Dracaena can grow up to three feet tall so will need to be repotted at some point, but they like to be misted rather than watered, ideal for forgetful owners.
Pet owners will need to select another plant though as these are HIGHLY toxic to animals. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.
9. Boston Fern
Going for that Jurassic look? Relatively easy to grow, the Boston Fern prefers a moist environment with some indirect sunlight.
The soil should never be completely dry, and ideally it should have a good soak once a month. They remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.