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Top 17 Best Pollution Killer Plants to Beat the Air Pollution

17 best pollution killer Plants to beat the air pollution

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Living and working in places rife with air contaminants and lacking decent ventilation can cause “sick building syndrome,” which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation

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NASA suggested that, in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis, certain common indoor plants may also provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air.

Lets have a look to the list of plants based on the priority of their pollutants removal.

1. Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca palm also known as golden cane palm, yellow palm, or butterfly palm.

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According to the NASA Clean Air Study and Dr. B. C. Wolverton, the areca palm filters xylene and toluene from the air. Wolverton also specifies that, at 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) in height, the plant will transpire 1 liter of water per 24 hours, thereby making it an effective humidifier.

2.Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)

It is also known as the Boston swordfern, wild Boston fern, Boston Fern, Boston Blue Bell Fern, tuber ladder fern, or fishbone fern.

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In 1989, the NASA Clean Air Study showed that the Boston Fern is effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and airborne germs, molds, bacterias from the indoor air.

It can be placed Indoors with Shade or with artificial light.

3.English ivy (Hedera helix)

it is a familiar sight in gardens, waste spaces, on walls, tree trunks and in wild areas across its native habitat.

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As with any self-climbing facade green, some care is required to make best use of the positive effects: Ivy covering the walls of an old building is a familiar and often attractive sight.

English Ivy was found to be one of the most effective plants which removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.

4. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Chlorophytum comosum, often called spider plant but also known as airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant and hen and chickens.

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It is easy to care, elegant, fast-growing and popular houseplant, found to clean formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep this plant around your kitchen and bathrooms especially.

It can be placed Indoors with Shade or with artificial light.

5.Devil’s ivy, Pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum)

The plant has a multitude of common names including golden pothos, Ceylon creeper, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy and taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill and it stays green even when kept in the dark.

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Devils ivy or Money plant is one of the hardiest plants which do well in most of the indoor environmental conditions. It is effective in cleaning benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.

If you live on a busy road, fill your house with this beautiful gushing greenery to banish car exhaust fumes

It can be placed Indoors with Shade or with artificial light.

6.Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

Peace lilies are commonly known as Spath or Spathiphyllum, Peace lily plants are perfect for tabletops or plant stands. Because peace lily is one of the most efficient houseplants at filtering indoor pollutants from the air, it’s a great pick for bedrooms.

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It was found to be one of the most effective plants which remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia, xylene, toluene and several other known pollutants from the air.

It can be placed Indoors with Shade or with artificial light. The peace lily is easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer.

7.Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
Flamingo lily is commonly known as tailflower, painter’s palette, flamingo flower, and laceleaf.

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There are many ways to handle indoor air pollution like an air purifier, using organic substances in the day to day life and planting indoor plants. Indoor plants are not only one of the best and cost-effective way against indoor air pollution but also adds to the aesthetic sense.

Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo lily) plant is a decorative indoor air purifying plant with a bright colored leaf known as a spathe.

This plant is listed in NASA studies for its ability to remove pollutants like formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the environment.

8.Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Aglaonema is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae and they are known commonly as Chinese evergreens.

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The Chinese Evergreen is very easy to care for and can help to rid your home of a number of air pollutants. It produces tiny red berries that are lovely to look at and can help to remove toxins from the air that are commonly found in chemical-based household cleaners.

The longer you have the plant, the more toxins it will remove so plan on keeping your Chinese Evergreen for many years for optimal benefits.

9.Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Chamaedorea seifrizii is evergreen plant belongs to family Arecaceae. This is also known as the reed palm.
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Chamaedorea seifrizii is effective in cleaning benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.

Chamaedorea seifrizii can be placed Indoors with Shade or with artificial light. It is easy to grow, and more resistant to insect infestation.

10.Variegated snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

Sansevieria is a genus of flowering plants in the family asparagaceae. It is most commonly known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp.

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Snake plant is one of the hardiest and a perfect indoor plant which does not require bright or sun light as well as frequent watering.

It was found to be one of the most effective air purifier plants which removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.

11.Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)

Philodendron cordatum, commonly called the Heart Leaf Philodendron for its 2-4 inch heart-shaped leaves.

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Heartleaf Philodendron is famous for listing outstanding low light houseplants. It is found to be effective in cleaning formaldehyde.

Heartleaf Philodendron is one of the perfect indoor plants which does not require bright or sun light as well as frequent watering.

12.Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)

Elephant ear Philodendron is species under genus philodendron categorized in the plants family araceae, also called spadeleaf philodendron or burgundy philodendron.

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Elephant ear philodendron is famous for listing outstanding low light houseplants. It is found to be effective in cleaning formaldehyde.

Elephant ear philodendron is one of the perfect indoor plants which does not require bright or sun light as well as frequent watering.

13.Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

Red-edged Dracaena is a species from dracaena genus which is native to south asia and counted under asparagaceae plants family.

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It is one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove formaldehyde. It is an effective air cleaner and is said to be among the best plants for removing xylene and trichloroethylene.

it is popular easy to care houseplant which does well in diverse weather conditions.

14. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Ficus benjamina is commonly known as weeping fig, benjamin fig or ficus tree, and often sold in stores as just ficus.

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Its hardiness and adaptability makes it one of the popular potted shade plants. It is found to be effective in cleaning benzene and formaldehyde.

it is popular easy to care houseplant which does well in low as well as bright light conditions.

15. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

Ficus elastica, commonly known as the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber tree, or Indian rubber bush, Indian rubber tree, It is a species of plant in the genus fig.

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Rubber plant found to be very good at removing formaldehyde, one of the most common toxins found in our indoor air.

It requires less light than many other plants and outperforming all other ficuses.

16. Aloe vera (Aloe vera)

Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial succulent plant species of the genus Aloe categorized under plants family asphodelaceae.

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it is one of the most amazing plants which is beneficial for a multitude of problems, its been used for medicinal purposes from ancient times.

It is hardy to adverse weather conditions and suits to grow in bright light and deserts. It is effective in cleaning benzene and formaldehyde.

17.Dumb canes (Dieffenbachia spp.)

Dieffenbachia is a genus of tropical flowering plants in the family araceae, commonly known as Dumb cane.
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It is found to be effective in cleaning xylene and toluene from the air.

it is popular easy to care houseplant which does well in low as well as bright light conditions.

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