12 Best Houseplants for Improving the Air Quality In Your Home


If you are looking for ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality, you may want to consider investing in one or some of these air-purifying houseplants.

12 Best Houseplants for Improving the Air Quality In Your Home

What’s in our air?

• Formaldehyde: carpets, upholstery, glues, paints

• Benzene: plastics, synthetic fabrics, rubber, pesticides, lubricants

• Trichloroethylene: paint removers, rug cleaning solutions, adhesives

• Xylene: printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, vehicle exhausts

• Ammonia: found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers

What are the effects on humans?

All these pollutants contribute to “Unhealthy Air” which cause symptoms ranging from allergies, headaches, dizziness to nervous system disorders, cancer and death.

Below is a list of 12 very common and easy to take care of plants that will clean air naturally, as well as brighten up your living space.

1. ALOE (Aloe Vera)

Aloe Vera

This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear out formaldehyde and benzene.

2. SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum Comosum)

spider plant

Easy-to-grow, good for reducing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene.

3. WEEPING FIG (Ficus Benjamina)

weeping fig

Helps filter out formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

4. CHINESE EVERGREEN (Aglaonema modestum)

Chinese Evergreen

Low maintenance plant, removes a variety of air pollutants.

5. RED-EDGED DRACAENA (Dracaena Marginata)

red-edged dracaena

Shrub, good for reducing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

6. HEARTLEAF PHILODENDRON (Philodendron Oxycardium)

Heartleaf Philodendron

Great for removing formaldehyde and other toxins. Do not own if you have kids or pets – plant is toxic if eaten!

7. RUBBER PLANT (Ficus Elastica)

Rubber plant

A tough plant that can withstand dim light and cool temps, good for removing formaldehyde.

8. SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

snake plant

One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde. Great to place in the bathroom.

9. PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

Peace Lily

At the top of NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

10. POTHOS (Scindapsus Aures)


Fast-growing vine, effective for removing formaldehyde.

11. ENGLISH IVY (Hedera Helix)

English Ivy

Easy to grow and thrives best in medium to low sunlight. Helps reduce airborne fecal-matter particles. The plant is also great for a family with smokers in it.

12. GERBERA DAISY (Gerbera Jamesonii)

Gerbera Daisy

Beautiful to look at, and also helps reduce benzene and trichloroethylene.

7 thoughts on “12 Best Houseplants for Improving the Air Quality In Your Home

  1. Just remember if you have cats be very careful with some of these plants as they are poision. The rubber tree sap is white and will make a cat sick or die, the others look them up before you have them in your home. I have a 13 yr old cat she loves flowers and plants I have plants but keep them in my bathroom and bedroom as she would eat them. Better to be safe than sorry. Vet bill!

  2. I love plants and have several of these in my home. I am going to purchase a few more to improve my air quality. Thanks for this article, very helpful!

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