Hear your friends or family coughing away, or complaining of a sore throat? With June approaching, more & more of us are falling ill. This weekend, go grab a potted plant that will reduce the amount of air-borne toxins in the air while sprucing up your rooms or workspaces. 

Here are 5 plants chosen for their air-purifying qualities:-

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English Ivy 

English Ivy is a solution for allergic reactions observing that sixty percent of air based mold within the space was removed after just six hrs right after English ivy had been introduced. People that have allergies, asthma, or even the desire to inhale cleaner air will enjoy this plant. Poisonous when ingested. 

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Golden Pothos aka Money Plant

The money plant is a favourite of many housewives in Singapore - for good reason too! This plant makes the NASA list for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Try adding it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures will low levels of sunlight.


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Aloe Plant

The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties, from soothing skin burns and cuts to detoxing the body, and it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants' leaves will display brown spots. (How amazing is that!) Just an FYI: Grows best with lots of sun.


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Areca Palm Tree

The Areca palm tree is the very best air purifying plant according to the ratings from NASA’s research and has the 8th highest removal rate for Formaldehyde. This houseplant was referred to as “the most effective air humidifier”. It’s very effective at putting moisture back in the air too. (Hurray to moisturized hands in air-conditioned offices!)


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Snake Plants aka Mother in Law Tongue

This plant is a good remover of formaldehyde and xylene from the surrounding atmosphere and it also removes ammonia.


The NASA studies generated the recommendation that you use 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in 6 to 8-inch diameter containers to improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot house. The more vigorously they grow, the better job they’ll do for you. There should be 1 plant per 100 square feet of your home.