Air purifying plants are known to help clean the atmosphere around you. Living in energy-efficient homes can have many health side effects especially since there is a lack of airflow or ventilation.

Some of the side effects of lack of airflow include respiratory and sinus congestion, and headaches along with other related allergies symptoms.

We think that giving our home a thorough clean aid in keeping the atmosphere clean. Sometimes it does – don’t get me wrong but the cleaning products itself contains harmful air pollutants such as ammonia.

So yes, your home looks sparkling but the air is congested with chemicals. And this is where the air purifying house plants becomes helpful.

Air Purifying House Plants

A report was published by NASA on September 15, 1989, in which they discovered that houseplants are able to remove harmful toxins from the air.

In this post, you’ll learn which home plant is perfect for your surrounding, how to take care of them, and which plants are toxic to animals or humans.

1. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

This climbing luxuious plant is great for indoors. It is said that this plant is able to climb to the height of about 50 ft and more.

English Ivy does well with partial to full exposure to sun and performs its best when planted in baskets and containers where it’s vines can hang down.

It blooms during the fall but may need special attention during the winter and the hot summers. This plant should be water generously as it doesn’t do well in soggy or water-logged soil.

Tip: Before adding more water to the plant check the moisture of the soil by using your finger. If it’s dry then you can add water.

Eliminates air pollutants: Benzene, Carbon monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene & more.

The only downfall with this plant is that it is toxic to both animals and humans, and it can also cause dermatitis so ensure to wear gloves when handling this plant

2. Green Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Spider plant is fairly easy to grow and maintain which makes it perfect for beginners or those who are busy and at times completely forget about their plants.

This plant grows beautifully in a hanging basket and will look stunning on any desk.

Spider plant is capable of functioning amazingly in bright light. This houseplant flourish when watered regularly so it’s best to water at least two times a week

The amazing thing about this plant is that it’s non-toxic which means it’s safe for kids and animals to play around.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Xylene etc.

3. Dracaenas

You have a wide selection of Dracenas plants to choose from to fit perfectly in your office or home.

This plant thrives in moist soil – just ensure that it’s not soggy. It’s best to use pots with drainage holes.

As much as this plant is beautiful, it’s toxic to animals so if you’re a pet owner then keep this in mind.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Benzene, Xylene.

4. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

This is a tropical plant that fit well in any space and is one of the most common plants. It is easy to grow and look stunning too.

To keep this plant flourishing you need to keep the soil moist – not wet or soggy and ensure its exposed to high light as this makes the plant blooms.

This plant is beautiful but is toxic to both humans and animals. Peace Lily contains a substance called calcium oxalate that if intaken can cause stomach and respiratory irritation.

Eliminates air pollutants: Trichloroethylene, Xylene, Ammonia, Benzene etc.

5. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

This plant is quite durable because it’s able to survive in any situation. You should water this plant not too much or not too little.

Never over water Chinese Evergreen as this will kill the plant. It’s also pretty common, easy to grow and looks beautiful. Their leaves are green and attractive with a colorful pattern.

Is it toxic? Yes, it’s not safe for animals such as dogs, cats, and horses.

Eliminates air pollutants: Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, Benzene etc.

6. Bamboo Palms (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

Give your home a tropical touch with this elegant plant. There is a variety to choose from which makes it a perfect choice.

The best way to help bamboo plants flourish is to place it in where there is bright indirect light.

Caring for Bamboo Palms isn’t hard once you keep the moist soil, ensure that the pots it’s in has drainage holes, and the plant gets enough humidity.

This houseplant is safe to have around your home and animals but it can become poisonous to your dog if indigested.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Xylene, Chloroform etc.

7. Snake Plants (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

This plant is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue. The leaves on this plant are bright with a lovely architectural shape which makes it perfect for interior designs.

Snake plant is able to withstand the roughest condition from low light to drought which makes it perfect for any homeowners.

Caring for this house plant is fairly easy. Just don’t water them too much and ensure they are placed in indirect sunlight.

Before watering ensure that the top inch of the soil is dry. This plant is toxic to animals such as dogs and cats.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, Trichloroethylene, etc.

8. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)

This is one of the easiest plants you can grow, which makes it a perfect choice for beginners. Golden Pothos is really sturdy and doesn’t need any special attention.

This house plant is able to thrive in bright indirect light or low light and low humidity. I think this is amazing for busy individuals!

To care for Golden Pothos, you need to ensure that the soil is moist – so water when needed. This plant is also called Devil’s Ivy and is able to fit anywhere in your house such as your bathroom.

It can be toxic to animals and children.

Eliminates air pollutants: Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Formaldehyde.

9. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

This plant is perfect for your porches or your patios. Boston Ferns requires high humidity and consistently moist soil to thrive.

Placing this plant in the right environment is important to its growth for many years to come. If you decide to place it outdoor, place it in shade or partial shade.

This plant needs to be in a cool place where it’s getting indirect light and humidity. The best thing about Boston Fern is that its safe for animals.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Xylene, etc.

10. Garden Mums (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)

This is a great air purifier as it also eliminates ammonia. Mums will make a perfect gift for anyone who loves gardening.

To keep this plant thriving, you do need to give it special attention. In that, if you are growing this plant indoors you need to ensure it received bright light during the day but keep in mind excess light can stop the plant from blooming.

Secondly, ensure to water this plant regularly to keep it damp.

The only downfall with this house plant is that they are toxic to animals (cats and dogs).

Eliminates air pollutants: Ammonia, Xylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene,
toluene etc.

11. Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

Another amazing houseplant that isn’t hard to maintain or care for. Rubber plants need to get a moderate amount of light and water.

For lighting, ensure it’s bright but indirect. And for watering the plant, ensure it keeps moist.

To have the leaves looking their best use a damp cloth to wipe them.

As much as this plant is amazing for your home it can be toxic to animals.

Eliminates air pollutants: Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, etc.

12. Heartleaf Philodendron

This plant looks lovely on tables or as hanging plants. Philodendron plants are able to thrive in different conditions.

This plant thrives best in bright indirect light but is able to survive in low light. Moderately water this plant and be careful to overwater.

This plant made may be perfect for your space but keep in mind that it can be toxic to animals such as dogs cats and horses.

Eliminates air pollutants: Xylene, Formaldehyde, etc

13. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of my favorite plants because of its various health benefits. The clear liquid or gel found in this plant is great for your skin, contains antioxidants and antibacterial compounds.

This succulent plant is pretty easy to maintain and care for. Ensure that the pot you’re using has plenty of drainage holes as this plant doesn’t do well in standing water.

In addition, you need bright light in order for Aloe Vera to thrives.

This plant can be toxic to animals and cause diarrhea, and vomiting in your animal if intaken.

Eliminates air pollutants: Formaldehyde, Benzene etc.

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