Fact Check: Can onions purify the air?

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Is onion really beneficial for cleaning the air?
Does cut onion kill toxins to purify the air?
No. Onions cut into pieces and kept in the house will not purify the air. No scientific evidence proves that pieces of onions can pull out toxins, bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the air. Any social media post claiming such a false statement should be ignored. Relying on false claims and not seeking proper treatment can worsen the condition and make it difficult for doctors to treat on time.

Quick Take

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A video on social media shows a woman claiming onions purify the air. She recommends cutting onions and placing them in the house to pull out toxins, bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the air. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False. Merely placing pieces of onion in the house won’t purify the air.

The Claim

A video on Instagram shows a woman recommending pieces of onions, when placed all over the house will pull out toxins, bacteria, fungi, and viruses from the air.

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Fact Check

Can onions purify the air?

It does not seem so. Pieces of onions kept in the house will not purify the air. We searched for appropriate keywords on Google and found that the message is plaguing the Internet for ages. According to the official website of the National Onion Association, the claimed video is not scientifically proven. This website informs that the claimed video speaks about an old wisdom folk dating back as far as the 1500s.

Science does not prove pieces of onions purify the air or attract floating toxins to destroy them. Also, onions when cut and kept in the open release compounds that do not promote the growth of toxins. Relying on false claims can delay the needed treatment.

THIP MEDIA has previously fact-checked a similar claim on onions left cut turn poisonous to show that the National Onion Association has issued a letter to warn against false claims circulating online about cut onions.



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Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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