Best air-purifying indoor plants

Designed by
Freddie, Founder of Patch

As well as looking great, houseplants are pretty nifty air purifiers. This is big news for city-dwellers because we spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors. Toxic compounds, like formaldehyde, from furnishings, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products all contribute to making indoor air quality less than squeaky clean. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria and molds as outdoor air contaminants like car exhaust finds its way into buildings.

But how exactly can plants help purify the air inside your home? Well whilst plants are absorbing the carbon dioxide they need to survive they also take in particles from the air. Through the process of photosynthesis (remember that from primary school science?), they transform those toxic particles into lovely, pure, healthy oxygen which they then release into their environment. NASA looked into which plants would best filter out common household toxins and pollutants and here are the ones that made the cut!

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Air-purifying superstars

Ben, well-known as the weeping fig, is a very popular house plant. If given adequate love and attention, he can grow into a house 'tree'.  Although he doesn't produce any flowers, his overall presence and elegance makes him a firm favourite. 

Removes: Dust, Formaldehyde, Benzene and Trichloroethylene

Rapunzel the golden pothos is perhaps one of the most versatile plants in Patch's collection. She is able to adapt and enhance almost any environment with her draping green and yellow heart-shaped locks. We recommend popping her on a bookshelf or using her as a privacy screen over a window. 

Removes: Formaldehyde

Our English ivy, who we call Effy, is a very rewarding indoor plant, helping to green up any space with her white and green marbled leaves. Her ancient origins are what give her her Greek name meaning to "twist" or "turn", hinting at her tendency to trail as she grows. Her relaxed attitude to maintenance also means she'll forgive you for missing the odd watering.  

Removes: Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene

If you're completely new to houseplants then Rob the Ficus elastica  is a brilliant first plant to adopt, not only is he a very handsome lad, he's also very easy to look after and has been approved by NASA as one of the best air purifying plants.

Removes: Formaldehyde

Fleur the Anthurium takes her floral name from her rare ability to be in flower for 300 out of 365 days of the year, which makes her the perfect plant to bring a splash of bright colour and warmth to your space. She was also voted by NASA as one of the best air purifiers and was chosen as one of 15 plants they would take to help filter the air of their space station.

Removes: Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Xylene, Toluene

One of our corn plants Nick is an impressive specimen who will, in return for just a little attention, happily show off his elegant leaves. If you're extremely lucky, he will even grow small, white flowers as well – and all for minimal effort!


Removes: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene

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The best air-purifying plants for you

Contains one tall Pippa {Pippa}, one Bertie {Boston fern}. one small Sharon {Chamaedorea}, one little Ben {Ficus Benjamina}, one Rapunzel {Golden pothos}, one Fleur {Anthurium}. one Effy {Hedera helix}, one Rob {Rubber plant}, and one Nick. Pots for all plants are also included. 


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Start your air-purifying team one plant at a time.

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