15 Air-Purifying Plants to Cleanse Your Space of Chemicals and Toxins

15 Air-Purifying Plants to Cleanse Your Space of Chemicals and Toxins


Air-purifying plants are natural wonders—these plants actually clean toxins from the air in your home. According to the Environmental Protective Agency, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the air in our homes “can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” which means we need these plants now more than ever.

“Plants naturally remove toxins from the air, inspire creativity and focus, increase mental health, serve as natural humidifiers, and bring life to a home,” explains interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz of Leaf and June.

Different plants are better at fighting different types of indoor air pollution, so your best bet is to cultivate a variety of these plants so they can work together to fight all types of toxins. What are some of those toxins?

A study from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found that certain plants are capable of filtering toxins such as:

  • Benzene (commonly found in varnishes, detergents, rubber, paints, plastics, inks, oils, detergents, dyes, gasoline, and floor finishes)

  • Trichloroethylene (commonly found in printing inks, varnishes, adhesive, and lacquer)

  • Formaldehyde (commonly found in paper towels, facial tissues, tobacco smoke, gas stoves, adhesive binders in floor coverings, carpet backing, and grocery bags)

  • Ammonia (commonly found in cleaning products)

  • Toluene (commonly found in stain removers, oils, paints, paint thinner, paintbrush cleaner, nail polish, and inks)

  • Carbon monoxide (commonly found in vehicle, fireplace, stove, and furnace fumes)

  • Styrene (commonly found in carpet backing, fiberglass, packaging, home insulation, wiring insulation, and drinking cups)

Read on to learn about the 15 best air-purifying plants, along with the specific toxins each one helps to filter.

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