Which plants purify the air in your home?

Many of us buy plants for the home because they look pretty, but we forget that many plants actually have many benefits including purifying the air. With all the construction going on in Malta at the moment we could all use cleaner air. And for the smokers amongst us they even purify the air from cigarette smoke.

In 1989, NASA conducted a study on a large array of indoor plants. They managed to demonstrate that some indoor plants improve air quality in rooms, by purifying harmful organic chemicals such as trichloroethylene, benzene and ammonia (among others).

In this article, we will go through a list of the best indoor plants at purifying the air you breathe at home.

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The orchid is a delicate and colourful plant that will brighten any room. It is the ideal plant for purifying the air of xylene, a solvent found in paint. So it makes the perfect housewarming gift for anyone who is moving into a brand new place that has recently been painted. 


Orchids dislike extreme temperatures. Avoid putting it in direct light. Always remember to submerge it in water once a week to keep it looking vibrant.




The bromeliad is a stunning exotic plant that comes in different colours ands sword shaped leaves it adapts easily to indoor environments.

Scientists found that the bromeliad plant is able to absorb up to 90% of all compounds present in the air. This plant is an excellent plant to have in the house especially for those who suffer from allergies.


The bromeliad doesn’t require much care to be happy. Place it in a bright location (though not in direct sunlight) and water it once a week, pouring the water into the calyx (the cup at the base of the leaves). If you stick to this simple care routine, you’ll be able to enjoy its flower for up to 6 months.

Orange bromeliad


The Sansevieria is one of the best plants to clean indoor air and it also releases oxygen which makes it a perfect addition to any bedroom. According to Nasa, it’s one of The best air purifying plants you can have in your home as it removes toxins such as toluene, nitrogen oxides, xylene and formaldehyde from the air. Especially people with allergies benefit from this. Putting about 9 Sansevieria’s per 100 square meter cleans the air nearly completely. There are over 70 varieties of sansevieria plants available.


The sansevieria is an ideal choice to start out if you have never grown plants before. It resists both high and low temperatures, and as long as you water it once a month, it will be fine.


This plant is one of the best for any office desk, as it regulates humidity and fills the air with filtered water vapour.

Furthermore, Anthurium plants turn Carbon dioxide into oxygen, purify the air from almost all toxic elements. Anthurium are long lasting plants and are sure to last for a long time if well taken care of.

In order to have a sufficiently positive effect on the air quality and climate of a room it is important to have several plants in a room. The leaf surface of the Anthurium determines the air purifying capacity of the plant so the bigger the plant grows the more effective it becomes. You need one Anthurium plant in a 14 cm pot per 4m to sufficiently purify the air. With just one plant per office you can provide a pleasant working environment in which people can work comfortably in deep concentration.


Your anthurium will be right at home in a warm part of the house, it thrives in bright indirect light. Direct light will result in burnt leaves so be careful where you place it. Watering your anthurium once a week should be sufficient. Do not over water as it is susceptible to root rot.

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