Did you know the air inside your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside it? This fact surprises many, but it’s true – and chances are, you are currently breathing in air which is not exactly all that good for your body. In the long run, that can cause illness and a whole heap of bodily problems. But there are solutions, and one of the best is to fill your home with some of the best air purifying plants out there. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the best air purifying plants that you can use to detox your home.


Not only are orchids some of the most beautiful plants, with extraordinarily ornate flowers, but they are also a wonderful addition to the home and a great means of purifying the air. This easy-to-grow plant (it only requires a teaspoon of water per week) contains compounds which remove xylene from the air, a substance normally found in paint and glue. For this reason, they are a great option if you have recently decorated and you want to detox the air from all that paintwork. Orchids can also remove alcohols, formaldehyde and acetone from the air.

Peace Lily

Again, this is a stunning plant with lovely flowers that you would probably be glad to have in your home anyway, just for its appearance. But the peace lily also offers some wonderful detoxification for your home’s air: in particular, it helps to fight off formaldehyde and ammonia, not to mention acetone and xylene. What’s more, it’s an easy thing to look after and will thrive in a shady corner.

Snake Plant

Otherwise known as the mother-in-law’s-tongue, this unique-looking plant is a wonderful addition to any living room or bathroom, and one of the healthiest plants you can possibly choose to have around. The real benefit is that it produces quite an incredible amount of oxygen; a dozen of these plants grown to four feet tall would provide you with enough oxygen to live off! That’s the kind of plant you really want to have around if you care about your home’s air being pure.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is useful for its ease of care, while also being a great way to keep away some of the worst offenders in the air. In particular, it is known for its ability to destroy the spores of bacteria and mould by absorbing them through their leaves. This means that those spores can’t land elsewhere, and you will find that you suddenly have much less mould and bacteria around the home. Scientists believe that a rubber plant can reduce the amount of mould in a room by up to 60%, so a huge change if you are concerned about that in your home.

Spider Plant

This amazing plant ranks high as an air purifying plant, known to filter out carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It’s also one of the easiest plants to look after and propagate. It literally produces baby plants called spiderettes (how cute) that you can remove and add to the soil. In next to no time you have more spider plants than you have room for!

As you can see, there are a number of plants that you can consider using as a means of purifying your air at home. Use these, and your home will be a more salubrious place in no time.