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Air Purifying Plants

Air-Purifying House Plants

Did you know that a few well-placed house plants may help improve the air quality in your home? Some claim that purifying the air can help to improve your mood and productivity, reduce stress levels, and even give you more energy!

In our collection, you’ll find the best air purifying plants as studied by NASA in their 1989 Clean Air Study. NASA discovered that air purifying house plants are able to absorb harmful toxins from the air and are said to work best in smaller rooms where there’s not much air circulation. Browse our full collection of house plants to discover indoor plants to suit your home.

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Air Purifying house plant FAQs

  • Which plant purifies air the most?

    There isn’t a “best” plant for air purification, but there are a number of house plants that are easy to care for while also working to clean the air around them. Some of our favourites include:

    • Spider plants
    • Dracaenas
    • Areca palm trees
    • Chrysanthemums
    • Bamboo palms
    • English ivy
    • Rubber plants
    • Aloe Vera
    • Peace lilies
  • How effective are air purifying plants?

    It’s hard to say how effective house plants are at purifying the air – scientists often have conflicting opinions about whether air purification through houseplants is a myth or not! 

    But having house plants in your room is a well-known mood booster, and if they do purify the air and improve other things like stress and fatigue, then it’s worth a try. If nothing else, house plants are going to make your home look good.

  • How many houseplants do you need to clean the air?

    It’s almost impossible to guess how many houseplants it would take to clean the air in your home without proper scientific experimentation – plus many scientists are unsure if it’s even true that house plants do purify the air. 

    Some scientists have recommended two medium sized plants per 100 square feet indoors to remove common air pollutants – we’ll gladly take the excuse to stock up on beautiful plants any day.

  • Are peace lilies good house plants?

    Yes, peace lilies make fantastic plants for the home or even an office. Not only do peace lilies provide attractive decoration, but they’re also known for cleansing the air around them. Be careful if you own pets – peace lily plants are toxic for cats and dogs.
  • Where should I place a peace lily in my house?

    Peace lily plants are quite resilient, meaning they’ll thrive in most spots throughout your home. If you want their beautiful white flowers to bloom, we recommend placing it in a sunnier, lighter area. Make sure that you avoid placing the peace lily plant near extreme heat or cold, such as a radiator or a draughty window, to keep it in tip-top condition.
  • How do I care for a peace lily plant?

    Keeping the soil moist is important for your peace lily plant. Sensitive to chemicals in tap water, peace lilies can be fussy and require filtered water to really thrive. Offer your peace lily plant plenty of sunlight and keep them at a warm, but not hot, temperature and your peace lily should stay healthy. Discover even morehouse plants to bring the outdoors in with Primrose.