Breathe easy with air purifying plants

air purifying plants

Houseplants not only look beautiful, but these green roommates also make the place more homely and comfortable. No matter whether you plan to place the plant in a dark corner or a bedroom – there are suitable air purifying plants for every part of your home.

Say goodbye to stuffy air in your home

The demand for houseplants is currently growing thanks to social networking sites and home magazines. They are nice to look at and transform the place into an urban jungle no matter whether you have a big city loft or a shared room. But not only that – they also have superpowers. Plants ensure that the air you’re breathing is fresh. They filter out pollutants that are emitted by furniture, varnish, paint, plastics, and chemical cleaning agents. And in summer, when you open your windows and patio doors, your green guardian angels protect you from pollen and car exhaust fumes. Just one plant per 100 square feet works wonders. Most of them expect next to nothing in return. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb though, because air purifying plants are often uncomplicated.


By the way, for more plant-related assistance, take a look at our guides on repotting flowers and plant watering while you’re on holiday.

Sssssweet dreams – the snake plant

Its long leaves stick upwards like green flames. You will like the snake plant because it looks stylish and is considered easy to care for. It is extremely effective at purifying air, too. The snake plant – also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, bow string hemp, and snake tongue – filters benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, which are substances used in industrially produced goods. They find their way into your home through plastic, wall paints, printer cartridges, detergents, adhesives, etc. These chemicals can cause headaches, sometimes even dizziness and palpitations, eye irritation, and respiratory problems. The snake plant protects you from these things. It does its job while you’re asleep by absorbing carbon dioxide at night, unlike most other species. Therefore, it is the ideal roommate for your bedroom. By the way, there are also special plants for your bathroom that kill harmful substances such as mould.

Something tropical for darker corners – the Kentia palm

The most common indoor plants come from the tropics. Here, a dense canopy of leaves arches over the rainforest and the plants growing underneath have to make do with little light. These plants are therefore suitable for the darker corners of your home. The Kentia palm, for example, feels at home in darker areas and is the perfect choice. The palm is also known as the thatch palm and produces more oxygen than many other plants. It therefore does a great job of ridding the air of pollutants.

Less creepy than it sounds – the spider plant

Even if you are not the biggest plant expert, you’ve probably come across the spider plant once or twice. Most public building and doctors’ offices have at least a few of them brightening up the place. This plant with delicate green and white leaves is simple and does not expect too much attention from you. Just by looking at it, you would have no idea what powers it possesses. In the 1980s, NASA researched about plants that clean the air. The result was quite surprising – the spider plant filters up to 95 percent of pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. The enzymes in its leaves break down these toxins and make them harmless. In addition, these plants ensure there’s sufficient humidity in your home.

Urban jungle for beginners – the devil’s ivy

Flowing out of the pot and creeping its way around, the devil's ivy spreads a bit of jungle flair in your home or office. The plant with the heart-shaped green leaves and light-coloured spots also functions as a room divider. You don’t need to worry about the plant being time consuming – hardly any other plant is easier to care for than the devil’s ivy. Therefore, if you are still at the beginning of your gardening career, this ivy is one of the best air purifying plants since it doesn’t need much care at all. It plays a leading role when it comes to clean air by being particularly effective against the carcinogenic formaldehyde, and also eliminating the nasty stench of nicotine. Ivy is therefore one of the top ten air purifying plants.

More colour in your home – the chrysanthemum

Do you love colourful things? Then a chrysanthemum should certainly be your plant of choice. The flowers range from subtle to gaudy, from lemon yellow to hot pink. This plant not only brings colour into your everyday life, but also filters out a lot of harmful substances. The chrysanthemum is an all-rounder and rids the air of almost everything from ammonia to xylene, so you can breathe easy. And since all these air purifying plants do not use any electricity, make no noise, and have super low operating costs, your conscience is also clear.

Do more houseplants mean more creepy crawlies?

In a word, yes. Having houseplants in your home can bring in bugs, and the humidity some plants require is an appealing environment to insects, as is the still air and standing water. Never fear though, there is one tried and tested way to beat the bugs and that’s to lay bait traps.


Bait traps beat sprays because they get to the nest, it means that you don’t have to chase cockroaches around your house in the middle of the night only to find another one has taken its place the day after!


Look for Combat gels and baits in your local supermarket. Add a little blob into the places where the cockroaches scurry off to and before you know it they’ll have been sent packing. They take the bait back to their nest and this gets rid of your problem at source - the nest. So your nest is happy, full of healthy plants and cockroach free!


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