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How to clean the air with houseplants

Efficient, oxygen-producing houseplants for the home and office

By Gugulethu Mkhabela  | June 7, 2018 | Category

House and Garden UK


The air quality in many major cities is a serious cause for concern. Most cities’ air pollution levels routinely exceed the yearly limit for nitrogen dioxide and the air inside our offices and houses can be even worse, with furniture and fabrics potentially emitting formaldehyde vapours, and cooking appliances giving off nitrogen oxides. But enough doom and gloom – what can we do about it? The good news is that houseplants are an excellent way to improve air quality within the home, absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutants (like formaldehyde), and emitting oxygen instead. We’ve enlisted help from houseplant delivery service Patch, who have passed on their favourite plants for purifying the home.


Rubber Tree

The large leaves of the rubber tree enable it to remove a lot of contaminants from the air and produce a lot of oxygen in return.





The pretty Anthurium can be in flower for 300 out of the 365 days of the year – quite the talent. It can also remove Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Toluene and Xylene from your air.




Sansevierias will remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air – they’re also incredibly easy to care for.



Golden Pothos

These green, heart-shaped leaves look fantastic trailing down from a bookshelf, and also remove formaldehyde from the air.


Peace Lily

The peace lily boasts soft dark-green foliage, year-round flowers and an ability to tolerate deep shade. It also removes Ammonia, Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene from the air.




This elegant plant will remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene and Xylene, and may even produce pretty white flowers!



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