Houseplants are natural air purifiers, cost-effective and therapeutic. Plants are also known to increase mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory, reduce stress and fatigue.
To give your home a healthy breath of fresh air, here is our list of the best air-purifying plants and where to place them
1. ENGLISH IVY
This easy-growing perennial vine is particularly effective at reducing airborne fecal particles which makes it the perfect air purifying plant for your bathroom.
Care advice: English ivy needs generous watering and four hours of direct sunlight a day, and it will return the love to you with clean, detoxified air
2. SNAKE PLANT
With this plant in your bedroom, you’re in for a great night’s sleep. Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this yellow-tipped succulent releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping. It is one of the best plants for filtering the air of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.
Care advice: Do not overwater, as the roots are prone to rot in moist soil.
Brighten up your kitchen or living room with a chrysanthemum. These pretty blooms help to filter out a host of toxins including ammonia and benzene, which is often found in plastics, detergents, and glue.
Care advice: This plant loves sunlight, so place it in a spot near a sunbathed window.
4. BARBERTON DAISY
The Barberton daisy is an effective cleanser of the toxins formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene, found in a range of household materials from paints to synthetic fibers.
Care advice: Place the plant in a room with plenty of natural light and keep the soil moist but well-drained.
5. SPIDER PLANT
This resilient spider plant is a perfect choice. It will quietly battle toxins including carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the printing and rubber industries. If you have pets, this is one of the few houseplants that are non-toxic to animals.
Care advice: You can also re-pot the tiny ‘spiderettes’ and grow a whole family of plants that will pretty much take care of themselves and your family.