Leading on from our recent blog ’10 Natural Ways to Detox Your Home Environment’, where we mentioned that keeping house plants can dramatically reduce toxins present in the air, we thought that we would delve a little further into why that is and which plants you can use for the greatest, air-purifying effect.

It’s a shocker, but indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health! Considering that the average person in Western society spends 90% of their time inside, this is something that we should be really thinking about.

We’re not just advocates of natural, organic ingredients in hair and beauty products here at Tabitha James Kraan Organics – we’re in it for the whole, healthy lifestyle too! If we’re taking the time and effort to keep our beauty routine clean, why not extend to what we eat, drink and breathe too? It only makes sense!

Unfortunately, no matter how good you are at the clean living thing, there’s no avoiding the toxins surrounding us on a daily basis from pollution, fire retardants, carpets and much more. Considering that more than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced and introduced into most households since WWII, it’s no wonder that the air we breathe is a little less than fresh.

However, with the right houseplants, not all is lost! You can quickly and easily remove at least a large portion of nasties in the air, simply by dotting these little beauties around your home.

Houseplants to Purify Your Home

Garden Mum (Chysanthemum Morifolium)

This inexpensive, easy to find flower is as good as it gets when it comes to air purification, believe it or not! So stock up next time you’re visiting a garden centre.

Tested by none other than NASA, this lovely, unassuming bloom was rated best out of the lot. It removes a number of pollutants from the air, including ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene


Spider Plant

If you love the idea of having houseplants in your home but you’re nervous about your serious lack of green thumbs, the Spider Plant is the one for you! It’s super easy to grow, requires very little attention to keep it thriving and removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has got to be at the top of the list of our favourite houseplants. It’s not only great at getting rid of formaldehyde particles, but you can also use all that lovely goo within the leaves to treat a number of skin conditions, heal cuts and grazes and even work beautifully as a hair mask or moisturizer! Talk about a multi-tasker…



Only brave growing bamboo if you’ve got lots of room to spare, as they do grow pretty big (sometimes 12 foot tall!), however, this does make them all the better for filtering polluted air, namely benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is a close rival for Garden Mum, given that it can clear the air in your home of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene! It’s also an easy one to look after, only needing the occasional watering and a little sunshine.


How Do Houseplants Clean the Air?

So by now you must be thinking that houseplants are amazing and it’s time to run out and get some! But hang on a second…how do houseplants clean the air, exactly?

As you probably already know, plants and trees breathe, just like we do, but in reverse. In goes the carbon dioxide that we exhale, photosynthesis works it’s magic and out comes clean oxygen for us to slurp up! As they’re sucking in all this carbon dioxide, they will also absorb other pollutants in the air, but it doesn’t stop there! The soil in which houseplants (and outdoor plants too) are potted accounts for a lot of the air cleansing process too, thanks to micro-organisms present.