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Top Five Air Purifying Plants for the Home

Updated: Aug 24

Not all house plants are difficult to take care of. In fact, there are many that are hard to kill. Here we have compliled a list of house plants that are not only very hardy, but they also purify the air, making the quality of air significantly better!

Read on to determine which air purifying plant is best for you and your home.

1. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are an excellent addition to any home. They have beautiful white blooms and semi-glossy leaves. It grows best in indirect light. Preferably a sunny window that does not get too hot. You should water your lily weekly, or whenever the soil feels dry about an inch deep.

Peace Lilies have been known to reduce toxins such as: Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Trichloroethylene, and Benzene.

2. Pothos Ivy

The Pothos Ivy is a very easy plant to take care of. It requires bright indirect sunlight, but can also tolerate lower light. The soil should dry out in between each time you water. This fast growing plant is a popular choice amongst people that have a very busy schedule, but enjoy coming home to an environmentally friendly environment.

Pothos Ivy has been known to reduce toxins such as: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, and Trichloroethylene.

3. Rubber Trees

Rubber Trees are very hardy plants that really draw the eye upwards. These plants are great for anyone who wants their room to look larger. They thrive in bright, sunny windows and need to be watered once or twice a week, depending on the conditions.

Rubber Trees have been known to reduce toxins such as: Xylene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Benzene.

4. Anthurium

The Anthurium, much like the name, is very bright in color. From it's glossy red blooms to it's luscious green leaves, this plant will stand out from the crowd. This plant does well in bright, indirect light with waterings up to 2 times per week. If you keep this plant in a humid area such as the bathroom, we recommend only watering once per week, or as needed. The Anthurium is unique because it blooms almost all year round!

Anthuriums have been known to reduce toxins such as: Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Toluene.

5. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law's Tongue)

The Snake Plant, also commonly referred to as Mother-in-Law's Tongue, thrives in desert-like conditions - so be careful not to over-water it and keep it in a well draining pot because it is prone to root rot. It is not the fastest grower, so it may be a while before you notice a lot of growth. They are great because they can tolerate full sun or shade. The Snake Plant is a great alternative for someone who does not like flowers, but wants to add some color into their space because of the multicolored leaves.

Snake Plants have been known to reduce toxins such as: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, and Trichloroethylene.