The air quality around us is at an all time low, and the sale of air purifiers at an all time high. If you too are pondering over the idea of getting an air purifier for your home, maybe you can try out the natural alternative first? Air-purifying indoor plants are a cheaper way to keep the air inside your home fresh. Moreover, they also add to the aesthetic beauty of your home. However, unlike an air-purifying machine, even the best air-purifying plants can die on you. 

So we caught up with our friends at the Lazy Gardener to find out how to care for these plants, and most importantly, where in your house to keep them. 

#1: Peace Lily in the Living Room
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Breathe peacefully

Vinayak Garg, the founder of Lazy Gardener, rightly describes the Peace Lily as a ‘very forgiving plant’. It’s really no surprise that this is the number one plant to make to NASA’s list of air-purifying indoor plants that remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere. 

The Peace Lily likes moderation in its lifestyle; it should not be kept too soggy or too dry. Most importantly, you need to keep the soil evenly watered. Keep it in your living room under watchful eyes. Besides, this plant with it bunch of white flowers does make a pretty picture too!

Word of Caution: Pet parents beware, lillies are considered poisonous for both cats and dogs. 

#2: Spider Plant in the Kitchen
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Keep it wet!

This plant may resemble pesky spiders that you want to keep away from your kitchen. But it is one of the air-purifying indoor plants best suited to your kitchen. It likes humidity and needs plenty of water. So you keep it close to your kitchen sink. Spider plants ain’t complaining about any extra splashes of water that may come their way!

#3: English Ivy for Vertical Garden
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The quintessential climber

Technically, the English Ivy is a weed and grows with great speed provided it has favourable conditions. Due to its foliage and creeping quality, these plants are ideal for vertical gardens. You can place the vertical garden anywhere; just make sure it gets indirect sunlight and the soil is suitably moist. Spraying a mist of water is the best way to keep this plant hydrated.

#4: Chinese Evergreen in the Bedroom
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Dash of colours

Chinese Evergreens are one of the best air-purifying plants that are very popular with homeowners; thanks to its colourful presence. Place it in a pretty pot and keep it in your bedroom. This is one of the air-purifying indoor plants that can survive in low-light conditions but treat it to indirect sunlight by pulling the curtains open every once in a while. These plants like moisture, so you make a daily watering regime for them. 

#5: Bamboo in the Dining Room
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Lucky bamboo!

Not only is bamboo an air-purifying indoor plant, it is also a lucky one. Besides, its bundled form looks rather exotic so make it a centrepiece for your dining table. There is an added advantage of doing this. You can change its water regularly, as you must, while sitting down for a meal!. If you are keeping potted bamboo plants in soil, keep it very well watered. 

#6: Boston Ferns in the Bathroom
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Smells like the mountains

Ferns are creatures of dampness, and thus, your bathroom is the ideal place for them. They can survive in low-light conditions and love the humidity they are sure to get in your bathroom. Water them just as regularly as you bathe (and we are assuming you bathe everyday). And these air-purifying indoor plants will make your bathroom smell like the mountains!

#7: Snake Plant in the Balcony
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Shades of sunshine

And we saved the last plant for your balcony garden! The snake plant cuts a handsome figure with its sharp and angular leaves. It also likes some sunshine, though not blazing heat. This plant hates damp soil; it makes the roots rot very quickly. So water it only when the solid is bone dry. The ideal spot for a snake plant would be in a shady corner of your balcony. 

If you enjoyed reading about the best air-purifying plants and where to keep them at home, also explore How Not to Kill Your Succulent.

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