Houseplants to Purify the Air Your Breathe

The quality of the air we breathe is getting worse and worse. I’m not going to tell you that it’s outdoor air as you’ve probably already known and proved it, but the indoor air we breathe actually has the same case. Being indoors can offer some protection from outdoor air pollution but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources; stoves, heaters, fireplaces, chimneys, air conditioning, plastic products, and you name it.

According to the EPA, scientific evidence indicates that indoor air can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other studies indicate that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.

Just realized it? Well, thanks to us then.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go expensive by getting those advanced air purifier machine, instead there are variety of plants that can help clean the air inside your house or workspace. Here they are:

1.       Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

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Rubber plant comes as the first choice you can take as a natural air cleaner. This plant appears to be one of the best in absorbing all the pollutants inside your house. In addition, a rubber plant can make a beautiful addition to any office space or house. You need to place this plant in the area where doesn’t get too much direct light and humidity.


2.       Pothos Plant

Pothos Plant

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The pothos is claimed to be a good start for those who want to take responsibly in caring a houseplant. It’s just because pothos is easy in caring and undemanding. This lovely plant is an easy way to add some green in your home. For sure, we don’t forget to mention that it’s also good in helping you remove many indoor pollutants such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air.


3.       Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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Yep, from the word “Lily” you have known that this plant is a perfect choice for offices, living, or dining rooms in a low light. Peace lilies are popular among others as you often find these plants around in many offices or homes in the world. However, peace lilies are not only beautiful but also are great to purify the air containing a variety of airborne toxins.


This houseplant is easy to maintain, but it does need a regular watering and misting schedule during the warm summer months.


4.       Ficus Tree

Ficus Tree

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Ficus tree is another houseplant you should consider. It’s a common plant yet rare to see, due to the fact that they look like a typical tree with a single trunk and spreading canopy. People prefer to those houseplants with flowers as giving them a good addition, but considering its benefit in purifying the air, you shouldn’t skip this one.

Well, as it is a miniature size of a tree, then you should know its benefit. Yes, most are about absorbing carbon dioxide and providing better oxygen.

One thing you should keep in mind, avoid over watering and keep in a permanent location! Moving it can often result in leaves dropping.


5.       Corn Plant

Corn Plant

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Corn plant care is easy, making it an ideal houseplant.

The corn plant is a tree-like plant with sword-shaped arching leaves. This plant actually flowers, but except for indoor area, you won’t see it that way. The good thing from corn plant that it can tolerate a certain degree of neglect, especially those who belong to lazy growers. However, please avoid direct sunlight.

The corn plant is great at filtering the indoor air toxins.


6.       Bamboo or Red Palm

Bamboo or Red Palm

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Nope, it’s not that big as common bamboo you know, but it’s a mini version of bamboo with a single branch with a height of 5-7 ft. There are about 10-15 fronds on each stem of a Bamboo Palm and each frond has 10-14 pinnate (feathery) dark green leaflets.


Over the past few years, bamboo palm has been quite popular as a houseplant. It’s simple yet a great green addition for home or office. A study conducted in 1989 by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and Dr. B.C. Wolverton, Anne Johnson and Keith Bounds listed a bamboo palm as a natural air cleaner.


7.       Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

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Chinese evergreen is one of the durable specimens among indoor plant. The plant prefers to have bright light under low humidity and moderate watering: keep the soil barely moist all the times.


This plant is quite good looks, yet beneficial in helping you to purify the air as it kills formaldehyde, benzene and toxins.


8.       Spider Plant

Spider Plant

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The given name “spider” is referred to the idea how its leaves grow, crawling down. For over past few years, many homeowners believe that this plant is pollutant removed and it’s true.

Spider plant prefers to low humidity, moist soil and bright indirect sunlight.

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