Six air-purifying house plants

At My Green Space, we believe in health and wellness beyond just eating wholesome, nutritious vegetables. Cleaning the air where we spend most of our time is important; stagnant air spreads germs and bugs quicker than air that is constantly being replenished. Without us realizing it, there could be buildups of formaldehyde (found in paint, glues, carpets) and benzene (pesticides and plastics), among other harmful toxins, floating around in the space where we live and breathe.

One way we can clean the air around us is by purchasing an air purifier machine, contraptions that range from $85 to $600. Or, we can kill two birds with one stone by setting up house plants around our home or office. Introducing greenery into our indoor spaces will make us happier and purify the air through natural means, all at once!

The following are six of the best plants for air purification:

Aloe Vera

Not only does aloe vera grow quickly and without little maintenance, it also acts as a soothing gel for sunburns and cuts. View this tutorial from Style Inked on how to harvest aloe vera gel.

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Spider Plant

Make sure to provide your spider plant with plenty of natural light!

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Rubber Plant

The rubber tree (or rubber plant) originates from India. Depending on the size of the plant you purchase, rubber plants can grow quite large, so be sure to have enough space to account for its growth!

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Heartleaf Philodendron

The heart-shaped leaves of the Heartleaf Philodendron make it a beautiful plant to hang from your ceiling! Want to learn how to make your own contraption for holding your philodendron? Check out this macrame tutorial from heylilahey.

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Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Also known as the snake plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue grows under almost any lighting conditions and prefers drier soil (little watering needed!).

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English Ivy

Similar to the Heartleaf Philodendron, English Ivy can be hung from the ceiling to grow. This plant requires little light to survive!

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If you have any house plants that you swear by, please share them with us in the comments below! 


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