apartment friendly air purification plants

Did you know your potted plants can help save the world? With all the fumes of city life and the relatively cramped spaces of many rental properties, we all want to make the most of all the space (and air) we’ve got.

Guest post – Joanne, Sydney Flowers 

One leafy addition to your home can help you remove some of those airborne nasties and keep it fresh in your humble abode.

So when it comes to the best indoor plants for air purification, we’ve compiled some great picks. The best part? All of these fresh, leafy finds are perfect for the home of apartment and house dwellers alike. Time to head over to your local Bunnings or nearby plant nursery and invest in some green additions to your home.

The seven indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins

aloe vera apartment friendly plant

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera sure makes the list of best indoor plants for air purification with its ability to soak up formaldehyde — a hidden nasty lurking in a lot of house products, such as air fresheners, certain upholstered furniture and manufactured wood.

However, it’s also handy to keep around for other reasons. Aloe Vera contains a clear liquid with great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for all your sunburns, sores and vitamin needs.

Bamboo Palm

Looking for a superpowered air filter? Bamboo Palm is your plant — it’s fantastic for removing traces of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene lurking around your home.

These peaceful palm trees grow between 1 and 4 metres, meaning you’ll have a luscious and large-as-life addition to your home. Make sure to keep your potted Bamboo Palm moist and in a bright room — they enjoy ample amounts of indirect sunlight.

Peace Lily

Perhaps one of the most elegant air-purifying plants on your list of options, Peace Lily plants are perfect for removing pollutants such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Simply keep them shady and moist and they’ll stay a happy member of the household.

You can watch them bloom all Summer long — so make sure not to go overboard with them if you’ve got an aversion to pollen. Their fragrance may contribute to a tickle in your nostrils when the hayfever season hits.

snake plant living room

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant is as tough as its name would suggest! They’re a hardy bunch, needing only the occasional watering and a healthy dose of sunny skies to stay fresh and lively.

Whether you love them or neglect them, they’ll keep on soaking up those nasties day and night — say goodbye to any benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene lurking around. If you want a forever green and beautiful plant, with some of the broadest protection from pollutants, you’ll love the Snake Plant.

Ficus Tree

The Ficus Tree, AKA Mr Popular, is one of the most common indoor plants around — for good reason! They’re a forgiving bunch that’ll keep up purifying the air of nasties, like formaldehyde, with minimal care.

Keep them happy with some indirect sunlight and a nice and shady spot along with the occasional pruning when they’re growing out of hand.


Barberton Daisy

Also known as the good ol’ Gerbera, the Barberton Daisy’s your bright and beautiful bestie around the office or the home. They’re the perfect blooms for decorating up your house and cleaning the air of any formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

Though often prized as an outdoor plant, Barberton Daisies are happy to live indoors — soaking up sunny skies and staying hydrated are two of their favourite things.

Rubber Plant

When it comes to the best indoor plants for air purification, the Rubber Plant is like your big friendly giant. Capable of growing to a height of 2.5 metres and a width of 1.5 metres, they have an oxygen output higher than many other indoor plants — so you can say yes to fresher, cleaner air faster!

Though their large size might seem a deterrent if you’ve got a smaller home, they’re a worthwhile investment. They thrive indoors, preferring indirect sunlight and regular watering. Make sure to wear gloves when pruning these large plants, because their milky sap is known to cause mild skin irritation.

Ready to unleash your green thumb while also saying goodbye to those airborne nasties? Indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins are the answer, whether you’re living inner city or suburbia. Air purifying plants come in all shapes and sizes — and they’re often easy to find in your local Bunnings. What are your favourite fresh finds for your home?

Joanne Sydney Flowers
Joanne @ Sydney Flowers
Florist & Business Owner at Sydney Flowers | [email protected]

Sydney Flowers is one of Sydney's highest-rated florists, based in Ryde, New South Wales. Established in 1990, the company is family-owned and operated. Business owner Joanne has over 29 years of experience in the industry. Sydney Flowers has flowers to suit any occasion, including Christmas, birthdays, new babies, anniversaries, get well, sympathy, corporate and even Valentine's Day.