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6 Plants That Can Purify Indoor Air

Updated on July 26, 2013

Keeping plants inside the house has been a practice for a long time. It has been used to improve the beauty of the house as well as a common fashion quotient. However, some plants not only help in improving the beauty of your house, but also help in purifying the air inside the house keeping you healthy. Here are 6 such plants that you can keep inside your house to keep the interior air clean.

1) Palms

Palm family of plants are also known as Palmae or Arecaceae. They are very popular and can be seen in many houses and office spaces. Its popularity is due to its ease of growth and its ability to lift up people's spirits and distract from the drab surroundings. They are natural air purifiers that remove carbon monoxide (especially if there are smokers around), benzene and formaldehyde.

2) Snake Plant

The snake plant is also known as mother-in-law's tongue. It is another common indoor plant and is best for filtering out formaldehyde. Common cleaning products like tissues, toilet paper and personal care products contain formaldehyde. Snake plant works best in keeping these sort of environments free from formaldehyde. You can keep a plant in your bathroom. These plants need little light and steamy humid conditions to thrive, while they remove the harmful air inside your house.

3) Spider Plant

This is one indoor plant that doesn't need much care. Unlike some other plants which may wither due to improper care, this plant is very resilient and won't die easily. It has tiny white flowers and lots of rich foliage. It is an excellent plant that cleans xylene (a solvent used in rubber, leather and printing industries), formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.

4) Orchids

Orchids are notorious for being difficult to grow and finicky.

The truth is quite opposite. Orchids prefer to be neglected for their healthy growth. It is the over-care and protection (too much sunlight and water) that ruins the plant. Orchids help rid xylene in the air and purifies indoor air. The plant actually makes a very good gift for people who have moved into a new or renovated space due to this property (paints and glues are known to contain xylene). Unlike some other plants that are known to respire oxygen and give out carbon dioxide at night, Orchids respire and give off Oxygen at night. Hence, it makes an excellent plant even for the bedroom.

5) Gerbera

Gerbera is a beautiful flower and the plant can be grown indoors or outdoors. This flowering plant is also called Gerbera Jamesonii. It is effective in removing trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene is used in dry cleaning. Gerbera daisy also helps in cleaning benzene which comes with ink. If you can provide it a lot of light, you can keep one even in your bedroom.

6) Anthurium

Anthuriums are exotic-looking flowers and hence make a lovely gift for someone. Not only these beautiful flowers make a wonderful gift, their large, dark leaves suck up harmful chemicals such as toluene, xylene, formaldehyde and ammonia. Hence, if you have a friend who owns a shop of copiers, adhesives or printers, this is definitely the best present for him.

These are just some of the plants that not only beautify your home or office space, but also have the capability of purifying indoor air. Do feel free add to the list other plants which you think can keep the air indoors fresh and clean.


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      Anita Hasch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thank you for a very interesting hub.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Mumtaz :)

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      5 years ago

      Nice work........keep it up....

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot WiccanSage :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 years ago

      I had no idea so many things contained formaldehyde. Now I have to get a plant in the bathroom. This is great info.

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for appreciating the post Annie :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for sharing Karla :)

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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I really appreciate the information and the pictures were helpful as well as beautiful. Thanks for sharing ... Annie

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      Karla D 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for this useful info, I was just wondering which plants I want to buy for Fall and Winter to keep my spirits up...I will look into getting the palm tree and spider plant- very cool! Orchids are tough for me to keep.. they always seem to die! :( voted up!

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot for commenting Alanna. Yes, they do :) And that is great to know Stephanie. Hope you got some beautiful plants :)

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      Stephanie Launiu 

      6 years ago from Hawai'i

      What a wonderful hub! I had just been thinking about what types of plants to buy as houseplants, and now I know. I'm gonna go shopping this weekend! Thanks, voted up, interesting, useful, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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      6 years ago from Rugby, Warwickshire

      This is really interesting! I never knew before that plants could do that!


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