TOP AIR PURIFYING PLANTS AND THE CHEMICALS THEY ELIMINATE
1. ARECA PALM The Areca Palm not only looks amazing, it’s also an effective plant for removing air toxins. It’s especially helpful for those with sinus issues or who catch colds easily. This plant appreciates warmth but won’t like being in direct sunlight or in the line of a draught. Do not overwater.
2. ALOE VERA Another favourite with the NASA team, the Aloe Vera plant is a great air purifier and also releases oxygen. This plant originates from the desert so doesn’t appreciate too much water. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
3. BOSTON FERN Another one in NASA’S top 10, and a favourite with the Victorians, the Boston Fern is an expert air purifier. This plant likes a cool room with humidity and damp soil. It favours indirect sunlight. 4. WEEPING FIG This plant is especially adept at removing those toxins that come from carpets and furnishings. This plant won’t thank you for drastic changes to temperature, especially cold draughts. They need indirect sunlight to survive.
5. CHINESE EVERGREEN A good choice for those less green fingered readers, the Chinese Evergreen is relatively hard to kill and can survive in dark rooms with little light. Its ability to remove toxins grows with time. Avoid overwatering this plant – allow roots to dry out between waterings.
6. PEACE LILY The beautiful Peace Lily can absorb up to 60 percent of toxins and tackles many of the chemicals we mentioned. It also absorbs mould spores which can cause respiratory issues. This plant is a little trickier to look after, it likes warmth but won’t appreciate being in direct sunlight. If it doesn’t produce any flowers there’s a good chance it’s not happy with where you’ve placed it.
7. SPIDER PLANT In just 48 hours the lowly Spider Plant can remove 90 percent of toxins from the air. This is good option for those who are adept at killing plants, it’s hardy, easy to grow and doesn’t require much attention.
8. ENGLISH IVY The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology discovered that the humble ivy plant removes three quarters of airborne mould in just one day. A low maintenance plant, this is another one that doesn’t appreciate too much water.