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Learn which house plants help reduce dust

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Ugh! Dust. It’s a nightmare. It’s endless. It’s frustrating. The surfaces in our homes keep collecting dust. You clean it, and a minute later, it’s dusty. It’s frustrating, but you need to keep your surfaces dust-free.

If you own a few house plants, leave the dusting to them. Yes, houseplants are good at dust reduction. Well, not all. Some house plants have what it takes to trap and absorb dust, keeping it at a manageable level than others. Let’s talk about these plants and how we can nurture them.


The ivy is not only beautiful but also an excellent dust-biter. They are also good at purifying indoor air. Ivies get rid of airborne toxins present in the air circulating in our homes.

Care Tips

It’s easy to nurture ivy plants indoors. Your ivy plant will need bright filtered or indirect light. Too much light burns the leaves while shading them leads to leggy ivy. Place the plant next to a north, east, or west-facing window. Placing it directly on a window that receives sunlight may lead to sunburns. If that’s not possible, place it under 30 inches high-watt grow lights or 12 inches under lower watts grow lights to get pronounced growth out of your ivy plant.

Ivies thrive under moderate temperature levels.

Don’t over-water your ivy plant. It’s advisable to plant your ivy in a planter with good drainage. Only water it if the soil feels very dry.

We love aesthetics and beautiful things. So, think of hanging your pots or planters. Think of getting hanging baskets. The baskets will let the tendrils spill beautifully on the sides.

Pygmy Date Palm

It’s a beautiful plant, and it complements any space. It’s also good at trapping and tackling the dust and airborne particulate matter present in your home.

Care Tips

It’s low maintenance and good for newbie plant owners. It needs bright indirect light. Place it close to an east or south-facing window. Alternatively, use low-watt grow lights to let your pygmy date palm grow to a decent growth level.

Pygmy date palm trees love moist, not soggy soil. Water it frequently during summer and spring. Reduce the water session during winter. Add water when the soil feels dry. Don’t use hard water. The leaves will turn brown. Mist the leaves to keep them humid.

Give it fertilizer during summer and spring. Do it once a month. Also, maintain a temperature of 50-75 Degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t let it go below 50 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Rubber Plant

It’s an excellent air purifier. Rubber plants clean indoor air, eliminate dust in our homes, and detoxifies the air.

Care Tips

It needs bright indirect morning light. Place it close to an east-facing window. Filter the light using light window dressing. Too much direct sunlight burns the leaves. Low light makes the plant leggy, and its leaves become less glossy.

It needs well-drained soil. Therefore, use fast-draining soil. Water it frequently to maintain evenly moist soil. Maintain temperature levels of 60 to 75 Fahrenheit and moderate humidity.

Lightly fertilize it. It’s not a heavy feeder.

Spider Plants

Spider plants’ leaves absorb allergens and airborne toxins present in your home.

It is easy to nurture an indoor spider plant.

Care Tips

Pot them in a permeable potting mix. But ensure it is evenly moist to keep the plant hydrated. But don’t use chlorinated water.

They grow well under indirect or filtered morning sunlight. Place them close to a window that receives sufficient sunlight. Although they are tough to kill, low light will cause stunted growth. Therefore, if your home doesn’t receive enough sunlight, place the spider light 12 inches below low-watt grow lights. Maintain normal indoor humidity and temperature levels around the plant.

Dripping Guanyin

The plants absorb moisture from the air in your home. It also reduces indoor dust.

Care tips

The plant loves moist environments. So, get a humidifier and frequently mist its leaves. Although it loves water, plant it in soil with good permeability.

The plant is native to rainy worlds. Therefore, place it away from direct sunlight.

Nourish it with fertilizer. Do it during the spring season. Lightly fertilize it every two weeks throughout spring.

Concluding thoughts

You need about 10 of these plants to maintain a dust-free home. Mix them up and scatter them around the living and resting spaces. Add lots of smaller plants. Do not overcrowd your living spaces with large and tall plants. Plants like pygmy date plants work well when paired with other dust-reducing or air-purifying plants. So, consider adding them to your plant collection to enjoy a dust-free home.


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