Indoor air pollution can be upto 5 times more harmful and deadly than outdoor air pollution. These NASA recommended air purifying plants will help you freshen up your home and office environment in places where the indoor air pollution is at its peak - like the bathroom.

Dangerous gases like benzene, xylene, ammonia and formaldehyde are in abundance indoors. Especially in bathrooms - detergents and disinfectants release benzene and formaldehyde, while aerosol and household sprays release huge amounts of xylene, toluene and ammonia.

NASA released a list of air-purifying plants which absorb these gases and make your surroundings pollution-free and fresh! We, at Nurturing Green, have shortlisted a list of those air-purifying plants which are low-maintenance and can thrive in almost any environment, especially the humidity of a bathroom.



  1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria) - This is commonly known as “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” because of the unique tapering shape of its leaves. It filters benzene, xylene, toluene and formaldehyde out of the air and even gives out oxygen at night!

  2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) - This breaks down benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide and neutralizes them, making your indoor environment free of toxins! Moreover, it adds a terrific element of decor kept in a corner of the bathroom or on a work desk - with its heart shaped blooms and dark green, lush leaves it is hard to resist.

  3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) - ZZ plant absorbs toluene and xylene and the best part of this plant is that it can survive in almost any environment!

  4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum) - This plant stands out because of the spiky appearance of its leaves and absorbs xylene, toluene and formaldehyde.

  5. Areca Palm - This elegant and delicate plant releases a lot of moisture into the air and detoxifies it to a great degree! It is very low-maintenance and resists insect infestations too!

All these plants are indoor, low-maintenance plants and need bright indirect light to thrive and grow. They should be watered when the potting mix looks light brown and feels dry, which is usually 2-3 times a week in full indoor surroundings. Liquid fertilizer should be added every 3-6 months for the best growth of these plants.

According to NASA’s study, there needs to be at least 1 air-purifying plant per 100 sq. feet of area for the optimum quality of fresh air. This means that there should be one air-purifying plant in your bathroom and at least 2-3 plants in your office bathroom so that you can breath fresh and easy.

Find Nurturing Green’s line of air-purifying plants here, starting at just INR 249! Make your homes and your bathrooms fresh today!