Circa London's favourite 8 indoor plants that purify the air

Published: 29/03/2021

At Circa London Estate Agents, we take a great interest in all things related to the home, so we were fascinated to learn the reputed health benefits of having indoor plants. Research has discovered that they are more than just an attractive decorative item; they are natural air filters. Indoor air is sometimes up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.  Adding the right plants to your home can help improve your indoor air quality.

Look out for these indoor plants, which are notable for their air-cleaning ability:


Removes benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde but also add moisture, acting as a natural humidifier. Some people believe that keeping bamboo shoots in your home will bring good luck. That's a win-win-win in our book.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a large formaldehyde filter, and it's another win-win plant since it can soothe sunburn.

Spider Plant

Rated one of the top three plants for removing formaldehyde and other toxins by NASA's Clean Air Study, it reproduces and sprouts tons of baby spider plants year-round, making this an excellent choice.

Peace Lily

Great for filtering airborne chemicals from domestic cleaning products; so have one on your kitchen worktop, in the bathroom, and other rooms cleaned regularly.


Best at removing trichloroethylene so place this plant to help filter the air if you use any heavy-duty cleaning products in your workshop or garage.

Boston Fern

Removes formaldehyde more effectively than any other plants, so have at least one of these on show. Like Bamboo, they act as great natural humidifiers.

English Ivy

Makes a beneficial houseplant and excels at removing benzene from the air. Furthermore, it's a great choice if anyone in your family has asthma.

Gerbera Daisy

A beautiful and hard-working plant! It removes benzene and absorbs masses of carbon dioxide, so you are guaranteed to get a lot of clean air from this flower.

As indoor plants have so much more to offer than just beautifying your home, from air purifying to relieving stress,  it makes sense to try your hand at a little indoor gardening and make your houseplants work for you.

If you are looking to buy a property in central London, call Circa London and we will be delighted to help you.

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