10 Best Air Purifying House Plants

10 Best Air Purifying House Plants

Since buying my first home, I’ve slowly been turning my home into an indoor jungle. However, if you fill your home with plants which purify the air, then you’ll always have an excuse to buy more house plants!

Having air purifying plants in your home can detoxify the air in your living spaces. This means your houseplants not only look beautiful but they also clean the air which you and your family breathe. They do this by removing airborne toxins, dusts and germs which can be found in a number of household products, materials and furniture.

So, if you’re looking to buy more house plants or maybe if you’re looking for your first house plant, then start with one of these gorgeous air purifying plants. To check out my indoor plant collection, head over to Those Positive Plants on Instagram.

Prayer Plants

The Maranta Leuconeura is a gorgeous air purifying plant. It’s often referred to as a Prayer Plant because it has the unusual characteristic of lying flat during the day and then closing upwards at night as if in prayer. The Prayer Plant grows best in bright light but will tolerate shade, just avoid direct sunlight as this will harm the leaves. Keep the soil moist at all times but don’t let it sit in soggy conditions, I tend to water mine once a week when the soil feels a bit dry.

  • Prayer Plants will filter airborne toxins and make eye-catching houseplant.

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum, commonly known as the Peace Lily, is an adaptable and low-maintenance houseplant. The Peace Lily is the perfect houseplant and one I always recommend to new plant parents. It’s well known for being an air purifying plant but it’s also very easy to care for. I currently have four Peace Lilies in my home, and I water them once a week. It’s easy to know when they need watering as the leaves will start to droop, but as soon as you water it, the leaves will spring back up.

  • Peace Lilies will filter airborne toxins and have a forgiving nature which makes them such popular houseplants.

Snake Plant

Snake Plants are tough hardy plants and perfect for new plant parents. Their leaves are long and sword-like and they have a shabby-chic style that look beautiful in any home. You don’t need to water Snake Plants much, which makes them so easy to care for and hard to kill. I water my snake plant about once a month when the soil is completely dry. I take my Snake Plant to the kitchen sink and water thoroughly allowing the water to drain freely. Once the water has drained out I will put the Snake Plant back in its pot. You must let the water drain thoroughly otherwise it can cause root rot.

  • Snake Plants are easy to care for, shade loving, hard to kill, air-purifying plants…these snake plants have it all!

Pony Tail Palm

Pony Tail Palms make a great indoor plant! They’re easy to care for and even though they do best when watered thoroughly on a regular basis, they store water in their swollen base and stem, so it will survive if you forget to water is occasionally. Pony Tail Palms are air purifying plants and will improve air quality by filtering toxins from the surrounding environment.

  • Pony Tail palms are aesthetically pleasing, easy to care for and air-purifying plants.

Spider Plant

What I love most about Spider Plants is that they can bear small plantlets (baby spiders), you can keep these attached to the main plant or add them into compost to leave them to self-root, giving you a second plant. Spider Plants like to be kept well watered with moist soil throughout the growing season, but they don’t require as much water in the winter.

  • Spiders plants can bear small baby spiders, easy to care for and will purifying the air in your home.

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plants are one of the best air filtering plants and look beautiful in any home. Water when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top and keep the soil moist at all times. However make sure you don’t over water as this will cause leaf drop, which is what happened to my Rubber Plant when I first bought it.  As well as being a beautiful house plant, Rubber Plants will filter airborne toxins in your home.

  • Rubber Plants are beautiful air purifying house plants… just make sure you don’t over water them!

Zebra Plant

Calathea Zebrina also known as the Zebra Plant has distinctive leaves with zebra-like stripes. They make stunning houseplants with their bright green ornamental  leaves. As the leaves are patterned, it’s best to avoid direct sunlight as this will cause the leaves to fade and loose their distinct markings. I keep mine on the coffee table in the middle of a bright room, therefore it gets plenty on sunlight but not direct sunlight.

  • Zebra Plants make stunning houseplants with their bright green zebra-like striped leaves.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a trendy house plant which looks great on a shelf or on the windowsill. Aloe Vera’s are easy to care for plants and are well known for their healing and air purifying properties. They prefer bright indirect light and do best in dry conditions, so do not over water as this will lead to rotting stems. It’s best to let the soil dry out before watering again.

  • Aloe Vera’s are easy to care for and well known for their healing and air purifying properties

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Satin Pothos

The Satin Pothos have large heart shaped green leaves with white splotches. They make a beautiful trailing or hanging plants. I’m constantly moving my Satin Pothos as it looks great in so many areas of the home. Water when the soil feels slightly dry but don’t over water as this will kill the plant, I tend to water mine once a week.

The Satin Pothos is an air purifying plant and looks beautiful trailing or hanging.

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Fern

Ferns are one of the best plants for purifying the air and regulating humidity. To care for a fern, keep the soil moist at all times and water when the surface becomes slightly dry, do not over-water.  Ferns don’t do well in dry conditions, so do not place them near radiators.

  •  Ferns are beautiful air purifying house plants which look great when displayed in a hanging basket.

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Which one of these air purifying house plants are next on your wish list?

Laura x

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