7 Best Air Purifying Plants to Keep

Improving Air Quality with Plants

As SMOG takes over major part of Pakistan, pollution is becoming another serious issue to deal with in big cities of Pakistan. This is how Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded today.

Lahore and Karachi were ranked among top 10 countries with poor AQI. We will post series of articles on how to stay healthy and contributing in individual capacity. Let start with improving air quality indoor.

NASA during the late 1980’s began studying houseplants as a means of providing clean and pure air for space stations. NASA scientists discovered different houseplants that filter out certain harmful compounds in the air and make it much healthier to breathe.

Some of the best plants to keep which are also easily available are as under:

Chrysanthemums – Garden Mum – گل داوٴدی

Chrysanthemums bloom in winters. There are dozens types of Chrysanthemums. Photo credits: @coolyar

Research revealed Chrysanthemums as an air-purifying champion. It is commonly found at most plant nurseries and these can be placed inside after they’re finished blooming. They prefer direct sunlight and work well near windows.

It can remove these pollutants: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

Snake Plant – سانپ بوٹی

Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this is one of the hardest plant to kill. It is very easy to plant and prefers drier conditions and need some sunlight.

It can remove these pollutants: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene

Aloe Vera – کوار گندل

Photo Credits: IkeaThere are countless benefits of Aloe Vera however, it is also great plant to improve indoor air quality. It is very easy to grow and hard to kill as it require very less care. It helps to keep your home free from formaldehyde and benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are also among the easiest to grow plants, making them a great choice for beginners. It can remove up to 90 percent of the toxins in your indoor air in just 2 days. The leaves grow quickly and help absorb these harmful substances; formaldehyde and xylene.

Boston Fern

Boston Fern prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. It is relatively easy to grow, but needs regular watering. Boston Fern also act as humidifiers and can help restore moisture in the air so they are suitable for those who suffer from dry skin in winters.

It can remove these pollutants from air: formaldehyde and xylene


Ficus is a native tree in southeast Asia which can also grows indoors and easily available in Pakistan. Grow this low-maintenance houseplant in bright, indirect light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant has some serious air-cleaning abilities.

It can remove these pollutants: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

Bamboo Palm

A superstar of filtering formaldehyde, Bamboo palms thrive in full sun or bright light. They can filter so much air that they can grow to be pretty big., making them beautiful indoor additions.

It can remove these pollutants: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene


Beyond air quality, plants make us feel better. Share with us which plants you are taking care of at home.

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