10 best air purifying plants for the home

Back to list 2019-07-22 10:15:03

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is defined as the contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.

While people are generally aware of and educated about the dangers of outdoor air pollution, a lot are still nescient of the risks for health concerning indoor air pollution. There are many pollutants inside your home that can have negative impacts on your indoor air quality, such as emissions from plastics, furniture, cosmetics and detergents, cooking and heating gases, which are referred to as – the volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The pollution can be worsened if you are living in a modern energy-efficient building which has very little ventilation.

In Western countries the presence of air pollutants is two to five times higher in indoor air than outdoors, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On the contrary, in China, generally speaking the indoor air quality is better than the outdoor, yet both are still considered to be fairly polluted. With the summer heat and monsoon in China, you might be tempted to keep your windows closed and turn on your AC to avoid the humid and warm air to invade your house. Unfortunately, this might worsen your indoor air quality.

If you are looking for natural and affordable solutions to improve your home air quality, air purifying plants are definitely the best way to naturally clean the air inside your house. MSH China has found you the 10 best air purifying plants to detoxify your living spaces.

1. LADY PALM (Rhapis excelsa)

The Lady Palm doesn’t need a lot of sun nor water. This plant loves humidity and is then perfect for the Chinese weather. Inside can stay in a bathroom otherwise need to be sprayed regularly with a water mister. This palm is listed among one of the most efficient air purifying plants according to studies from the NASA. It can clean the air from xylene, formaldehyde and ammonia contained in glues, solvents, paints, furniture, carpets and household products.

2. SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria)

The Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue is one of the best natural air filtering of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. The formaldehyde is one of the most common pollutants, it is present in many houses and offices (pressed wood, carpet, cigarette smoke, furniture, cooking fuels etc.)

3. RUBBER PLANTS (Ficus Elastic)

Rubber plants are pretty popular because it’s easy to take care of them. They need light and a little bit of water. They love humid climate which made them perfect for Shanghai and many Chinese cities. Be aware that the rubber plants are toxic to cats and dogs.

4. ARECA PALM (Dypsis lutescens)

The Areca palm is ranked as the most efficient air purifying plants by NASA’s study. It’s particularly effective against formaldehydes, benzene and carbon monoxide. Please be aware that this plant is a natural humidifier which might not be the best for your house during summer in China.

5. ENGLISH IVY (Hedera helix)

The English Ivy eliminates a lot of air pollutants such as benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and more.

6. DRACAENA JANET CRAIG (Dracaena fragrans)

If you don’t have a green thumb, the Dracaena Janet Craig is one of the easiest indoor plants.

7. KIMBERLY QUEEN (Nephrolepis obliterata)

8. FLORIST'S MUM (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

The florist’s mum is perfect if you want to add some colors in your home and in the meantime to purify indoor air. It’s one of the best flowering plants to remove ammonia.

9. CACTUSES (Cactaceae)


The Chinese evergreen is pretty easy to take care for and can filter many pollutants in the air.

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