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Top 5 air purifying plants for your home

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Top 5 air purifying plants for your home

When we think of air pollution, we think of the air outside our homes – our mind immediately goes to the traffic, crackers, and other common pollutants. But did you know that indoor air pollution is just as common?

How can the indoors be polluted?

That’s a great question and one that many have struggled to answer. Indoor air pollution is caused due to multiple reasons including cross ventilation (which brings the outside pollution inside), furnishings, varnish, tobacco, pesticides, paint, biological pollutants (pollen, bacteria, animal dander, mold, etc.), and multiple cleaning products.

Unfortunately, some of these are necessary evils. We cannot, for example, avoid using cleaning products or using varnish where needed. We also cannot close the windows and shut down ventilation. Perhaps this is why household air pollution is the leading cause of premature deaths in the developing world.

The good news is that this problem can be mitigated with an easy solution – PLANTS!

Plants are beautiful and safe. They do quite a good job in purifying the air! So, instead of looking at bringing more chemicals to fight air pollution, we recommend that you purify air in the most natural way possible. To help you further, we have enlisted the best air purifying indoor plants right here for you!

Monstera deliciosa

It’s a monster(a) all right – but only for pollutants! This popular plant is one of our favorites because it is unique, stunning, and low-maintenance.

It is the perfect choice for every single purpose from home décor to air purification to fruit (rich in vitamin C). If you plan to bring this one home, below are a few things you should know:

  • Monstera is a low-maintenance plant that does well in room temperature and average lighting.
  • You don’t need to water it much – let the top soil dry out before you water it.
  • It also grows outdoors without hassle.
  • It usually bears nutritious fruit that tastes like banana but when grown indoors, the chance of fruiting is slim.
  • If you have pets, keep them away from this wonderful plant because it can be toxic when ingested.

Ficus elastica (Rubber plant)

Sturdy and lovely, the rubber plant is a crowd favorite. The icing on the cake is that it has consistently been ranked as one of the best air purifying plants. It is also resistant to pests and does a great job in increasing the humidity at home.

Bottom-line, this nature’s gift asks for little care but showers a lot of love and protection in return.

Want to bring the rubber plant home? Go through the following first!

  • Keep it away from direct, harsh light. It loves indirect sunlight. While it can grow in poorly lit areas as well, we don’t recommend it because it wouldn’t thrive in all its glory.
  • Water it once a week and only when the top soil is dry. The plant will hate having damp roots all the time.
  • If the air is too dry, mist the leaves every now and then.
  • Rubber plants are mildly toxic to pets.

Zamioculas zamiifolia (ZZ plant)

Sleep well with the ZZ plant.

The ZZ plant will help you sleep well in an environment free of toxins. Don’t believe us? Believe NASA! It has the NASA seal of trust and that’s why it has secured its place as one of the top air purifying indoor plants.

Why should you make it a part of your life? Because it is awesome! Also, because of the following reasons:

  • It is a tough plant that can thrive in low light conditions.
  • It is known to boost productivity and lower stress, making it the perfect work-from-home companion.
  • The ZZ plant is drought-tolerant. Water it only when the top 2 inches are dry.
  • Its juice has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Pet owners, please be careful because ingestion of leaves can cause discomfort.

Scindapsus golden (Money plant)

No household décor is complete without the mighty money plant. And, there’s a good reason for it. It is believed that the plant brings health, wealth, and prosperity. It’s a symbol of good luck and that’s why it is an excellent house warming present. (The next time you are struggling to find a gift, you know what to do!)

But, beliefs aside, the money plant has also been scientifically proven to purify air. The climber is also aesthetically pleasing. We have enlisted a few important points about it here:

  • It is a versatile plant that can grow in hanging pots, on shelves, and on grills. You just have to train it and it will grow up the wall too!
  • It does well in all light conditions but it thrives in bright areas.
  • Water weekly or only when the top soil is dry.
  • It is mostly non-toxic but you should ensure your pet does not eat the leaves.

Spathiphyllum (Peace lily)

Peace and lily – two of the most soothing words. When they come together, they form a gorgeous must- have plant called peace lily! Everything from its leaves to its flowers is so stunning, you will want to make it a part of your home immediately – and you should.

The peace lily is a rare, low-maintenance plant that absorbs multiple toxins. This is why it is believed that it reduces stress and promotes REM sleep. Below are a few more details:

  • It needs good, indirect light for optimum growth.
  • It does not require a lot of water. So don’t water it frequently.
  • It is safe for pets.
  • It is known to remove spores from the air and prevent the formation of mildew.

No matter which of these air purifying plants you choose, you will make the right choice. They are all amazing! So, add some happiness to your home and breathe fresh air all day. Make them all yours.

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