Plants that clean the air in your home

Living in an urban environment can be a difficult place to get some fresh air. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to improve the quality of air in your home.  The below are a list of some of the most efficient plants that can do just that.

They produce fresh air by getting rid of carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene plus they look great too.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

This plant is a general air cleaner, getting rid of contaminants such as benzene, formaldehyde as well as trichloroethylene. Cleaning 10m2 of space per plant.


This plant is easy to maintain, avoid direct sunlight, can handle a shadier spot quite well. Water once a week but only if soil is dry.


English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Great for pet owners as it filters fecal particles and formaldehyde from the air. These plants come in many different colours shapes and sizes.


Avoid direct sunlight but it manages well under partial shade to a bright spot. This plant is poisonous.


Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

This plant acts as a good general air filter, in the wild its small fruit is a good choice for many birds.


Liking partial shade to bright sunlight, the soil should be well drained & water moderately.



Some of the best formaldehyde filters, there are two main varieties; the heartless and Elephant Ear Philodendron.


Liking to a partial shade and a well drained soil. It should be noted that this plant is poisonous.


Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)

This plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.  Othe varieies that filter the air are Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckii'), Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig'), Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans 'Massangeana')


Likes a brighter spot but no direct sunlight. Do not over water, it copes better when the soil is dryer than too wet.


Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

This common house plant is a good general air filter.


Easy to maintain, can even survive being neglected at times.


Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium Podaphyllum)

Also known as American evergreen, this plant is poisonous so don't eat it!


Doesn't respond well to direct sunlight, allow the soil to dry between watering. Likes a humid environment so misting during dry seasons is good.


Aloe Vera

Rich in vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B12 and more, this plant is good for the skin, immune system, digestion and wonderful at cleaning the air.


Incredibly easy to grow and maintain, a super plant can be easily grown in a small pot by the window sill, it loves sunlight but better indirect.

Here is another article dedicated to skin & Aloe! - Balanced and Healthy Skin with Organic Aloe Vera





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