Both new and old homes can harbour invisible toxins. These chemical emissions can be found in off-gassing from building materials, plastics, paint, carpet and cleaning solutions. Luckily, nature has an excellent method of keeping your environment clean.

There are certain plants that are powerful air cleaners and will naturally remove pollutants from the air of your home.

You no longer have to live in unhealthy conditions if you make a point of getting some of these air cleaning plants for your home.

Five plants that you can trust to make air healthier for your family are:

1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

In the 1980s, it was discovered that peace lilies absorb formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and other toxins. To maximise its air cleaning potential, always keep dust away from the foliage. Peace lily grows well in both bright and low lights. Low-light conditions, however, slow down flower production.

This plant requires the application of all-purpose liquid fertiliser during spring and summer. Also, you should keep the soil slightly moist for it to bloom.

2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Commonly referred to as mum, this is one of the best air purifiers in Australia. It helps to eliminate formaldehyde, xylene ammonia and benzene. Technically, it is not considered a houseplant because it is a seasonal beauty flower.

With proper care, it grows for six weeks. After it withers, throw it into a composite pile then get yourself a fresh pot. Florist’s Chrysanthemum will last longer if you place it in bright but indirect light. Remember to check the soil moisture every day and ensure that it stays damp. It does not require fertiliser because the flower cannot re-bloom.

3. Aloe Vera

The good old Aloe Vera not only has many therapeutic properties, but has also been proven to be an effective air purifier. It eliminates formaldehyde at lesser concentration.

4. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm is a natural, elegant and sturdy plant apt for winter months since it will grow to between three and six feet tall while transpiring a healthy amount of moisture into your rooms.

This plant helps to eliminate formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, and chloroform, among others.

Bamboo palms have high transpiration rate, therefore, will pump lots of moisture back into your indoor atmospheres. Do not place it in direct sunlight. Feed the plant monthly with all purpose liquid fertiliser during summer and keep the soil in a moist condition. Place your plant in a location where air will circulate freely and mist frequently to deter spider mites.

5. Ivy

This is a climbing plant that adapts perfectly to indoor conditions and is an excellent choice for an evergreen plant.

It helps to make the air in your rooms healthier by eliminating carbon monoxide, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. English Ivy is also recommended for removal of allergens like animal faeces and mould.

This plant is an excellent houseplant since it does not require much space, it is perfectly happy growing in hanging containers or baskets.

You can also use it to enhance your home’s appearance; use green leaved varieties for providing contrast against light surroundings and variegated forms for brightening up dark corners.

For English Ivy to flourish, plant green-leaved varieties in a spot where there is low or indirect light. Variegated forms require bright but indirect light. Water the plant generously during growth and keep the compost moist during winter. Apply balanced liquid fertiliser each month.

There are many toxins in your house that you just cannot see. Beautify your home and improve air quality at the same time by simply planting houseplants, and let your family enjoy a healthier home.

Do you have any other plant suggestions to add to this list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I just thOught all indoor plants improved the air inside. Now I know about these, I think I’ll keep a lookout for some


  • will need to invest in some of these.
    alo vera would be great as so many other uses


  • Thank you I will be bringing in some of my aloe vera inside now.


  • What an interesting article. I never knew about the health properties of plants! Yes, they produce oxygen but actually never thought beyond that!


  • plnts that mar ir healthier


  • oh these are great plants! i love plants in the house


  • really useful to know that my forgotten aloe vera plant should be dug up and brought inside!


  • We have 3 peace lilies inside, one in the hall (near my sons room) 1 in the lounge room (near the front door) and 1 in the bathroom, I rotate them around all the time and they seem to enjoy the steam from the bathroom or the light through the panel near the door.

    A hard to kill and very resilient plant is the spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) and the old fav Snake Plant (sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii) ..common name Mother-in laws tongue, this one is great for the bathroom and toilet. Also Dracaena.. but if buying a plant do your research and know which plants are harmful to children and pets.


  • Thank you for this article. I think an indoor plant is the answer I’ve been looking for!


  • Very informative read thanks! I’ll move my lily to a sunnier spot inside now.


  • Interesting read – I have some colorful mini cactus around the house and the Happy Plant (Chinese Money Tree) in the lounge.


  • Interesting article – just be careful with kids and pets and plants.


  • What an interesting read! I think I need to get some of these!


  • These are great! Isn’t nature such a powerful thing even with all the fancy gadgets plants still do their thing and thanks keeping us healthy!


  • wondeful looking colourful plants


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