Houseplants aren’t only there for looks, they have fantastic air-purifying qualities and with pollution levels constantly rising, they’re becoming essential to a clean environment.
These plants will help decrease your stress levels by purifying the air and removing toxins to help you feel relaxed and have more energy throughout the day.
We’ve put together what we consider the 10 best air purifying and toxin removing indoor plants, with help from the NASA Clean Air Study to give you the information you need.
So here’s what we deduced, along with a rating on the overall score.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – Easiest To Maintain
Peace lilies remove formaldehyde, benzene and tricholorethylene and keep your home full of fresh oxygen.
They are tropical, evergreen plants and require little maintenance, they can fit into any busy schedule.
To keep them maintained you just need to ensure that you water them at least once a week.
They’re pretty adaptable as far as plants go and they’re happy to sit in most places within a home.
Ideally you want them situated in an area with relatively low lighting.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix) – Wall Climber
English Ivy is rated as one of the best by the NASA Clean Air Study, and to bolster its reputation further it’s easy to care for.
This plant is also known as a climber, so if you’re wanting it to grow up one of your interior walls then it can add an authentic natural feeling to any environment.
The plant itself tolerates a wide variety of environments, with it being native to most of Europe.
Keep it in a brightly lit area with filtered light, it doesn’t do too well in direct sunlight but will tolerate it.
Lower light generally allows the plant to have more colorful leaves.
Water this plant regularly to ensure that it’s soil is moist, it might require more regular watering if it begins growing quick.
Barberton Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii) – Pet Friendly
They’re one of the more colourful plants and will add a nice touch of color to your home.
You can usually find them in red, pink, yellow, white or orange.
They take formaldehyde, benzene and tricholorethylene out of your air and are easy to care for.
Keeping them healthy requires you to keep the soil moist at all times, watering it every few days should suffice.
Daisies are lovers of light, you need to keep them near windows that get plenty of natural sunlight for them to thrive.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata) – High Oxygen Production
Snake plants is classed as a succulent plant and has remarkable abilities to remove a lot from the air, including: formaldehyde, benzene, tricholorethylene, xylene and toulene.
They’re famous for their night time oxygen production making them one of the best bedroom plants.
It’s native to tropical Africa, but has been spread to many countries by people.
As it’s a succulent, it stores water in its leaves so you don’t need to water it too often, usually around once per month.
They’re happy in any light, but ideally they prefer a balance of bright light, a little natural sunlight and some shade throughout the day.
When you’re handling the plant, it’s worth wearing gloves just in case it causes some irritation to your skin.
The main downside to this plant is that it’s toxic to pets, however, it’s not highly toxic but it will most likely make your beloved pet have diarrhoea, stomach ache or some vomiting.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) – Hard to Kill
Devil’s ivy removes formaldehyde, benzene but they are toxic to cats, dogs and humans unfortunately.
If you have small children, it’s best to avoid this plant for now as every part of them is toxic to humans and animals.
Maintaining the plant is easy, you only need to water it when the soil is dry to the touch but even if you forget for a while, it’s unlikely to die.
Ideally it needs to be situated in a darker area, it’s even been known to survive in total darkness yet still have green leaves.
Too much light will cause the leaves to burn and the marbled effect will be lost.
It’s unlikely that the plant will start to flower, but if its getting larger than you’d like then just cut away the bits you don’t want.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) – Tall & Attractive
In their natural environment, rubber plants are known to grow to over 30 metres tall but they're easily managed so you can keep them at the height you desire with minimal effort.
Rubber plants are attractive but they’re on the lower end in terms of air purification as they only remove formaldehyde.
If you’re looking for a floor based plant to grow to a substantial height then this is ideal.
It’s an easy plant to maintain, just water it a little once the soil is dry to the touch.
One of the most common mistakes growers make with this plant is over-watering it.
It will thrive in a well lit area, just ensure that you keep it out of direct sunlight, but it will still manage in a low light area.
Aloe Vera – Health & Beauty Benefits
It’s a common household plant due to it being so easy to care for and they belong to the succulent family.
To keep this plant healthy, ensure that the soil is always damp to the touch and is in a bright area, but not direct sunlight.
They clean the air from formaldehyde and benzene giving you a cleaner home environment.
It’s often kept in kitchens as it’s great for soothing burns, but should you feel any irritation doing this then stop immediately.
This is another plant that is proficient in producing night time oxygen, as you sleep it will take the carbon dioxide you’re producing out of the air and convert it into oxygen.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) – Minimal Care
Spider plants remove formaldehyde, xylene and toulene and are safe for pets.
They require minimal care but without appropriate care the leaves will begin to look messy, it requires you to trim them back every few months to keep on top of it.
Situating it in a room with natural light but not too much will be ideal, most rooms will be fine as long as you keep it out of direct sunlight.
They’re one of the more thirsty plants so you’ll need to water it regularly, once a week should be enough to keep it happy but check that the soil is moist every few days.
It can survive in temperatures as low as 7 degrees Celsius so if you’re not one to keep the heating on in winter this is ideal for you.
Due to the way they grow, these plants look best in hanging baskets as the leaves will have more freedom to grow, looping over the basket.
Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina) – Slow Growing
Weeping figs take formaldehyde, xylene and toulene out of the air.
They’re sensitive plants, if they move location they are known to lose their leaves as they are easily shocked.
You want to ensure that the plant is situated in a environment that will not fluctuate massively in temperature.
To keep it health you need to use filtered, lukewarm water to ensure that you don’t shock the plant.
Water it once the top soil has dried up, both too much and too little water can cause the plant to lose its leaves.
To flourish, it needs to be sat in bright light but also have some shade.
Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa) – Ammonia Reducing
Broadleaf Lady Palms are very good at cleaning the air, they take out formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, xylene and the notoriously difficult ammonia.
Another easy plant to look after, it’s ideal for newbies to get stuck into some indoor home gardening.
This plant can tolerate a huge range of temperatures (-6 to 37°C) so it’s unlikely you’ll have any problems here.
Keep it out of direct sunlight as this will burn the leaves, it prefers to be sat in indirect sunlight to truly flourish.
To keep this plant healthy you need to ensure that the soil is always moist, but don’t water it too much as it will cause the roots to rot.