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Our Favourite Air Purifying Plants

that also thrive in Dutch weather

All indoors plants (flowering or not) are able to purify indoor air to some degree through their normal photosynthesis processes. But some were found to be more beneficial than others in removing harmful household toxins, even removing 90% of chemicals in the air in only twenty-four hours.

The three main household toxins of concern are:

  • Benzene 
  • Formaldahyde 
  • Trichloroethylene 

One of the most economical ways to purify your air is to keep plants in your home. Plants are major contributors to clean indoor air. Here are our top 6 favourite air-purifying plants for your home + workspace. 

Aloe Vera

Not only can it be used for burns on the skin, it is also known to remove formaldahyde from the air. 

Note: Needs well-drained soil with slight drying between waterings, full sun is best with protection from high heats. Although largely known for its healing properties, it is considered to be an irritant to some. 

Spider Plant

NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldahyde. Also removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. 

Note: Likes bright, indirect light and lots of water while growing. 

Dracaenas

Said to be a good overall air purifier, removing most air pollutants. 

Note: Prefers indirect sunlight, and watering without fertilisers. 

English Ivy

It's known for removing the chemical benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and the off-gasing of other synthetic materials, is said to be fantastic for asthma and allergies and also removes formaldehyde. 

Note: Can be invasive, making it great for a potted plant. 

Bamboo Palm

Said to remove formaldahyde and acts as a natural humidifier. 

Note: Likes bright, indirect light and prefers to remain moist but not too much and doesn't like sitting in water. 

Peace Lily

Known for removing benzene, a common household chemical and known carcinogen. It's also said to remove mold spores in the air, making it great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms; purifying the air of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners and solvents; and removing alcohols, acetone, and formaldehyde. 

Note: Easy to care for, it prefers lots of water, less often and bright, indirect light. 

Extra Tip To Care For Your Plants

Whenever possible, capture rainwater for your plants. All types of houseplants thrive best with natural sources of water.

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