10 air purifying plants to have in your home to release oxygen and purify air. Great for combating pollution. You don’t need a big balcony or terrace for them, you can place them in your living room, bedroom, drawing room or office or any space inside your home
With the prevailing air pollution around us, we all are stressed and troubled how to sustain in this condition and what measures we should take to make the air around us a little better and pure. The present pollution level has increased a lot, causing a thick layer of haze, even the sun rays are unable to reach to us. This situation is causing some serious health problems like burning of eyes, choking lungs, headache, frequent cold and cough etc.
There is no permanent solution to this problem but if we all join our hands together we can fight back and can save our lives and our future generation.
So first and most important thing is, use N-95/N-99/Vogmasks air purifying masks (easily available on pharmacies and online stores like amazon) when you are out. Towards the end of this article we will also talk about small steps that we can easily implement in our every day life to make environment cleaner and staying healthy.
To read about what is air pollution and various terms you hear in relation to it – check out the beginning of this other article we wrote explaining air pollution and its effects.
It also covers specific items you can take to protect kids from air pollution. One of which is planting air purifying plants in your home.
Now let’s talk about how we can make the air of our home or office much cleaner.
List of indoor air purifying plants that purify air (India)
For this, you can plant any of the below some air purifier plants, inspired by NASA research. So go ahead grow plants that purify the air in your home or office and make the indoor air fresh.
This is a wonderful air purifying houseplant that can bloom indoor as well. The flowers can make the near about areas pleasant with its good fragrance. This plant prefers shady areas and just keep the soil moist, avoid over watering.
It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from air.
If you keep this air purifier plant indoor – keep your kids and pets away from this.
Indoor plants look great in hanging baskets and small pots. When short of space, you can use stack pots like ones below to beautify your home.
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This plant looks really good if you keep it in your dining area or drawing room. It is well known for its height. If you take good care of this plant it may grow upto 4 to 12 feet.
This plant has a good transpiration capacity, thus keeps the area moist.
Bamboo palms is well known to remove formaldehyde,benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene and chloroform from air.
It is a non toxic air purifier plant.
This plant stands highest for the air purification. When it blooms, it purifies the air. When it stops blooming you can keep the plant outside. this plant prefers moist soil and you need to water the plant every other day.
It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from air.
This air purifier plant is toxic for cats and dogs.
This plant comes in almost 40 different varieties. It comes in different shapes, sizes and colours. Leaves of this plant is generally long and wide with white or red lines. Too much water may be harmful for plant’s growth thus keep the soil damp but avoid over watering.
This plant removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene from air.
This air purifier plant is toxic for cats and dogs.
This is one of the easiest house plants to grow indoors. It has over 200 species. This plant prefers bright indirect sunlight. For better growth of plant, its good to water it 2-3 times in a week.
It removes xylene and formaldehyde from air.
It is a non toxic air purifying plant.
This is a hardy plant, can grow between 2-10 feet tall. It does not need much care and it prefers bright, indirect sunlight.
It removes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from air.
Depending upon the weather conditions you can keep the plant inside or outside.
This plant is well known for removing many air pollutants quite effectively. This plant does not need much care and can grow in different conditions. It is better to water the plant when the soil gets dry and keep trimming the tendrils when the plant gets too big.
It is known to remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene and carbon monoxide from air.
Keep your pets away from this air purifier plant.
This plant grows easily and prefers cool places with high humidity and indirect sunlight. Boston fern loves to stay moist, thus you need to water the plant regularly.
It removes formaldehyde and xylene from air.
This plant grows very easily and it has a good long life. Snake plant prefers drier conditions, thus it is ok if you water the plant occasionally.
It removes benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from air.
You can easily grow this plant at your home. The clear liquid which comes out of its leaves has a wound healing, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. The liquid is very good for you skin as well.
It removes formaldehyde from air.
Above all are the plants that purify air.
Besides the plants mentioned above palm trees, rubber plants, tulsi etc. are also considered to be the good air purifier plants.
It’s ok.. if you can not plant all of them in you home. But you can keep some of these good evergreen plants in your home and can make the air of your home cleaner and fresh.
Some other easy tips to combat pollution and keep air clean
- Avoid using some harsh detergents, floor cleaners, room freshners, mosquito repellents, deo etc. These things have some really bad chemicals which make the indoor air bad.
- Keep plants in and out of your house to make the air better around your home and keep your home properly ventilated.
- Try to pool your car. If possible use public transportation.
- Go out when it is necessary. If possible opt for online shopping or we can call the grocer for daily needs. In that case only one vehicle will be out to deliver the goods to many.
- Don’t burn your garbage or dry leaves.
- Above all, try to eat fresh and healthy food. Increase your Vit-C intake, have lots of lemon water, oranges, kiwi and amla. Have good amount of omega -3 and fatty acids, for this you can have walnuts and flax seeds etc.
- Also you can use some air purifiers to clean your indoor air.
Hope you likes this list of indoor plants that purify the air, plant air purifying house plants today as all you need is some space. Take safety measures and stay healthy.
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