6 tropical houseplants to purify the air and combat the haze

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    Houseplants are a great way to make sure that your home’s air is as clean as possible and that you are not breathing in any harmful chemicals. Some harmful chemicals found in a typical household include formaldehyde and benzene, common byproduct of paint, chemical-based cleaners and other personal care products. If you’re also concerned about the haze, air purifying plants are great options to help filter particles present in the dust and smoke. Here, we have compiled 6 tropic-loving plants that are fairly easy to grow in the home that will keep your air clean. They are beautiful, functional, and relatively easy to look after. Just give them some tender loving care and they’ll return the favour.

    The Dwarf Date Palm

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    This mini palm is great because it does not take up a lot of space and it can still pack a punch in filtering the air in your home. Park it in full sunlight, next to a window, and you will having a thriving date palm in no time. This plant does not get too big, but has beautiful dark green leaves that will stay beautiful all year round.

    The ZZ Plant

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    This plant might have a funny name, but it is relatively easy to take care of. The ZZ plant is not picky about the amount of light it gets and you can go weeks without watering it. This can filter out harmful substances such as formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene in the air and can be especially important if you have a smoker in the house.

    Banana Plant

    The leaves of the banana plant are huge and they are often referred to as lungs because they put out so much oxygen. As expected, these plants prefer a warmer climate, but they can be grown indoors. Not only do these help to filter the air in your home, they also put out way more clean air than most other plants that you might have in your home. This is a great plant to have for larger homes.


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    This plant is incredibly easy to grow and makes a great statement piece. The bamboo plant grows fairly quickly and thrives with lots of bright sunlight, so they are especially great for homes that have a balcony. Bamboo will take in a lot of the toxins from your home which can make sure that you are breathing in the cleanest air possible. Make sure you keep the bamboo well watered as it is quite the guzzler.

    Peace Lily

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    This plant is well known around the holidays for its beautiful, elegant flowers. This plant, while still being beautiful, will surely filter out checmicals like formaldehye, mould spores and carbon monoxide from indoor air. It is always comforting to know that when you are breathing in the beautiful scent of the lily that you are breathing in clean fresh air too.

    The peace lily will tell you when it needs watering — when the leaves start to droop slightly, you’ll know it’s time to given the plant a good drink. Place the plant indoors away from bright sunlight and and keep the soil relatively moist.

    Snake plant

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    The snake plant, sometimes also called ‘Mother-in-law’s tongue is our favourite houseplant. Not only is it hardy and easy to care for, it’s one of the only plants we know that produces oxgyen at night. The snake plant is effective at filtering formaldehyde which is present in personal care products like tissue and toilet paper, Put one or even a few small ones in your bedroom to improve air quality while you sleep.



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    Unlike its moniker, Puffer fish is actually quite friendly and approachable. Unless you’re out to eat her lunch – or dessert — to be precise – then be prepared that she might raise her spikes at you. Good food is just one of her many likes, Puffer Fish also loves visiting new and familiar places around the world because she believes there are always new discoveries and adventures to be had. She considers herself one lucky ass to be able to put her editorial background to good use by sharing her travel and gastronomical adventures online via Gratenews. She hopes readers get as much enjoyment and insights from her pieces as she has writing them.