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Ten houseplants that will purify the air and add color to your home

Indoor houseplants not only add a touch of color to your home, but they can also purify the air inside.

Nasa reported that some plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in air and water in just 24 hours.

Some of the best air-purifying plants are also the easiest to keep alive

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Some of the best air-purifying plants are also the easiest to keep aliveCredit: Alamy

Plants behave in the opposite way as humans breathe.

As we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, plants release O2 and absorb CO2, removing harmful toxins and freshening the air.

These ten plants are some of the best for purifying the air, and as a bonus for those of us who don’t have the green thumb, they’re super easy to care for.

English Ivy can help you sleep better

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English Ivy can help you sleep betterCredit: Amazon

English ivy is very common in the UK and is often used on the outside of houses climbing a wall or trellis although they can damage the brickwork.

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These plants can reach an impressive height of 80 feet, grow quickly, and require little maintenance.

They are great for the bathroom as they absorb mold in the air.

But there’s some evidence that it can work wonders in the bedroom, too, helping with restlessness so you can sleep deeper.

Keep her in the sunlight and make sure the soil is slightly dry and she will be your best friend.

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Monsteras can be poisonous to children and pets

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Monsteras can be poisonous to children and petsCredit: Amazon

The monstera plant has become increasingly popular online thanks to its aesthetically pleasing sheets.

Also known as Swiss Cheese Plant, they are great for air purification and are great in the bathroom as they love indirect sunlight and humid environments.

However, be careful if you have pets or young children as this plant can be poisonous to them.

Peace lilies can also be toxic if ingested, but they're great for sucking up mold

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Peace lilies can also be toxic if ingested, but they’re great for sucking up moldCredit: Amazon

peace lilies are not only eye-catching because of their tropical flowers, but also help absorb mold spores.

They prefer dry areas because they absorb their own water and release it back into their environment.

However, like monsteras, these plants are poisonous if ingested, so should be kept away from children and pets.

Indirect light is best for getting their flowers to bloom and they like their soil to be moist rather than waterlogged.

Prayer plants open and close their leaves like praying hands

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Prayer plants open and close their leaves like praying handsCredit: Amazon

prayer plants are one of the most effective ways to remove carbon dioxide from your home.

Its scientific name is actually calathea, but the nickname comes from the way the plants fold up like praying hands at night.

The plant is quite happy when it comes to the amount of sunlight it gets, allowing you to place it almost anywhere to increase the space.

Snake plants are practically indestructible

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Snake plants are practically indestructibleCredit: Amazon

snake plants are some of the easiest plants to maintain, perfect for those of us who are terrible at keeping plants alive.

They thrive in almost any environment and are basically indestructible.

They make a great addition to any corner of a room and the best part is that they release oxygen and add moisture to the air, making them ideal for allergy sufferers.

There is even studies that they were able to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air, two of the biggest indoor pollutants.

Yucca plants originally come from the desert

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Yucca plants originally come from the desertCredit: Amazon

The yucca plant is great if you have a larger space to fill as they can grow incredibly large.

As part of the succulent family, this plant can also help purify the air in your home, and since it prefers drier conditions, you don’t need to constantly remember to water it.

Rubber plants are also toxic if ingested, so best avoided around pets and children

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Rubber plants are also toxic if ingested, so best avoided around pets and childrenCredit: Amazon

rubber plants were, you guessed it, used to make rubber.

The gum is made from the white latex on its bark, and the leaves have a shiny, rubbery appearance.

They love a medium level of light, meaning a bright but not direct spot, and can be watered once a week.

These also purify the air, but are toxic if ingested. So it is best to keep them out of the reach of children and pets.

This plant can numb your vocal cords when ingested and cause speech loss

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This plant can numb your vocal cords when ingested and cause speech lossCredit: Amazon

There are many nicknames for them Dieffenbachia plant – Mute Stick, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue and Leopard Lily.

It is mildly toxic and can cause temporary loss of speech if ingested (hence the name).

Overwatering them can be a major hazard and they prefer indirect sunlight.

They originally come from the rainforests of South America and prefer lots of water and little sunlight

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They originally come from the rainforests of South America and prefer lots of water and little sunlightCredit: Amazon

the Anthurium plant adds a touch of color to any room, the heart shaped part may look like a flower but it isn’t.

It is in fact a spathe to encourage insects to pollinate the spike (the true flower) at the centre.

It’s native to the rainforests of South America, so doesn’t need a lot of light, but grows best in bright, indirect sunlight.

It needs regular watering, but its air-purifying properties make it worthwhile.

NASA found that some houseplants can reduce toxins in the air by 87%

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NASA found that some houseplants can reduce toxins in the air by 87%Credit: Amazon

Known by many names such as Arrowhead Vine, American Evergreen, Five Fingers or NephthytisIf, the arrowhead plant is popular with lazy gardeners.

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It requires low light and infrequent watering, making it extremely low maintenance.

The leaves resemble a spade shape and would look great in a hanging basket due to the twining and climbing tendrils.

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