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3 House Plants That Can Purify The Air at Home

Make sure you have these trusty green finds


From the polluted streets to the industrial waste emissions, we hardly ever get fresh air in the city. Especially now that we are in the middle of the scorching summer heat, most of us would rather stay in our well-sealed, energy-effiecent homes.

Little do we know, there is a wide variety of toxins lurking indoors that could put our lungs at risk. 
Lucky for us, we could avoid possible asthma attacks and allergens simply by choosing house plants that can decontaminate air naturally. We've listed down three powerful purifiers you can add around the home:

Main photos from: Kelly Grima and A. Carter via Pinterest.

Rubber Plant

Commonly found in South Asian countries, it has large dark green and burgundy leaves and doesn't need a lot of sun exposure. Although they grow a little slow, rubber plants (or trees) are also top formaldehyde removers—making it a perfect choice if you have particleboard furniture at home.

RL Tip: Since rubber plants are quite substantial and can make a statement on it's own, it can be used as a perfect accent piece in a corner of the living room or bedroom.

Photo from Kelly Grima via Pinterest. 

Money Bonsai or Guiana Chestnut

Originally associated with Feng Shui, Money Bonsai plants or Guiana Chestnut are great for killing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be found out-gassing from synthetic paint, thick fabrics, and carpets. These plants are very easy to maintain as they thrive in most humid environments and only need minimal water. 

RL Tip: Some claim that certain variations of this plant kills odors, making it a great addition to your T&B decor. 

Photo from INDOORBONSAI EXOTICS via Amazon.  

Snake Plant 

The Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law's Tongue is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality at home. Apart from being hard-to-kill and resilient to sun damage, it also converts CO2 into oxygen during the dead hours of the night.

RL Tip: Snake plants are great options if you don't have a lot of time for maintenance. It is important to note, however, that its leaves are toxic so it is best to keep it out of reach by pets and children.

Photo from A. Carter via Pinterest.  

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