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How to purify indoor air with living plants

Updated on January 23, 2013

While thinking green for the whole mother earth, perhaps most of us forget about our houses’ air’s condition where we need to have a “feels like heaven” condition. There are several houseplants to remove poisonous gases and elements of indoor environment. Many of these plants are too common that you may already have in your household for a long time for their outer beauty but you hardly knew about their inner beauty of purifying and filtration the air.

Let’s see the best plants for keeping house air clean and healthy-

Peace Lily
Peace Lily | Source

Peace Lily: It is one of the best plants for removing common environmental VOCs like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also remove toluene and xylene. It grows well in shades and need watering only once in a week.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum')
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum') | Source

Spider Plant: This beautiful houseplant with long leaves is ideal for removing poisonous gases of the indoor air. It also removes toxins like formaldehyde and xylene. To have its best result it should be kept near carbon emitting objects like fire place, garage and kitchen.

Boston Fern
Boston Fern | Source

Boston fern: A medium sized plant with nice frilly leaves. It extracts moisture in the air that can reduce the amount of toxic air substances like benzene, formaldehyde and xylene extracted from paints and chemicals. The plants grow better in humid and low light conditions.

English Ivy
English Ivy | Source

English Ivy: A landscaping plant which grows under good sunlight. It has tbe amazing ability to remove many toxic elements from the air like benzene and formaldehyde and other chemicals extracted from synthetic materials. Although its leaves is little poisonous for eating, the presence of it in household can keep a person with asthma and allergic condition well.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera | Source

Aloe Vera: This very common, easy growing, sun-loving plant can nicely clear by-products of chemical-based cleaners such as toilet cleaners and tiles cleaners. Aloe vera is a very good choice to keep by a kitchen window. The gel of aloe vera can also be effectively used to heal cut and fire burn.

Garbera Daisy
Garbera Daisy | Source

Gerbera Daisy: This plant with bright orange flowers can clean trichloroethylene, which is an active ingredient of dry cleaner, from the air. It also removes the benzene that is found in writing inks. If you have a sunny bedroom, this is an ideal Plant to keep beside your room’s window.

Snake Plant
Snake Plant | Source

Snake Plant: It is popularly known as mother-in-law’s tongue. This plant is really good for filtering out formaldehyde that is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal makeover products. It can grow good in low light conditions.

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos | Source

Golden Pothos: It is also know as Devil’s Ivy due to its ability of staying green even when kept in dark places. It’s fast growing and can effectively clean formaldehyde from air. The car garage is a good place to keep this plant as the exhaust fume is full of formaldehyde

Red-edged Dracaena
Red-edged Dracaena | Source

Red-edged Dracaena: Originally from the exotic Madagascar this beautiful plant can tolerate different temperature ranges. It is a very good plant for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the indoor air. The plant generally grows as long as 6 feet if not trimmed.


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      Samira Das 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, for,such a great information,actually I was searching about it .now feel very comfort to keep all these plants in my flat,and have purified air .voted up and useful .

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Great information here on choosing the right plant for inside the house.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      8 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Interesting hub. I was recently given an indoor plant that resembles the Peace Lily above. I strongly believe that's what it is. It's a nice looking plant, just that it too needy, have to water it every 2 to 3 days.

      I prefer plant that requires less care from me. But I'm willing to do the work it takes to keep this one, if just for the air purification benefits that you mentioned above.

      Thanks. Voted up and useful information.

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      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Dear,

      Thanks a lot for the comment. Have a healthy day ahead :D

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      8 years ago from India

      Thank you for sharing such an informative hub with us... voted up and useful.

      Have a great day ahead...

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Ruby,

      Thanks a lot for reading and great comment!

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      8 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      You have listed some of my favorite house plants here. I see a couple I hadn't considered before that might do well. Great hub, thanks.

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Thelma,

      Thanks a lot to you too for reading. Glad you find it useful!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub. I can start putting some of these plants inside the house. Voted up and more. BTW, thanks for following me;-)

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi daisyf1305,

      Thanks a lot for reading. I will definitely read the book.

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      Daisy Fabelo 

      8 years ago from Orlando Florida

      beautiful You might also enjoy Flower Therapy by doreen virtue and robert reeves, as I am spirtual plants are wow in the spiritual world and this book explains how to work with different flowers and plants... keep writing very informative.

    • tehjib profile imageAUTHOR

      Kudrat-E-Khuda Barat 

      8 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Tealparadise,

      I am glad that you find it useful. Indoor plants can definitely remove toxic gases and give you some fresh air.

      Thanks to you too for reading!

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      8 years ago

      Wow, what a nice hub. I hate the air inside my apartment (because I have to use a kerosene heater) and also hate airing it out because giant bugs get in. I recently killed off all my basils due to low light, maybe a good aloe vera is just what I need. Thanks!


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