Are you looking for the best plants to keep in your home for cleaner, fresher air? These 25 air purifying plants are the best plants to keep in your home or office to create a cleaner environment and to help you to breathe healthier air!
Did you know that you can use plants to purify the air in your home?!
Unfortunately our homes can contain lots of nasty chemicals and air pollutants!
Studies show that the air inside our homes is more toxic than the air outside.
These indoor air contaminants can come from our furniture, carpet, cleaners, air conditioner, and so many other products and items in our homes!
So what do we do? How can we help to remove these toxins?
I personally love to diffuse essential oils to help purify the air in my home. You can find the top five essential oils to purify the air in your home here!
In addition to diffusing essential oils, plants are a wonderful way to purify air!
NASA did a study on air pollutants and the ability of plants to remove them from the air. They found that the chemicals benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, ammonia, and trichloroethylene could be removed by certain types of plants and their soil.
The following plants are excellent plants to include in your home decor not only for a prettier home, but a healthier, cleaner home as well! And if you would like to find a list of edible herbs to grow indoors be sure to read 9 of the best herbs to grow indoors as well as 7 of the best indoor herb garden ideas!
It is recommended to have one of these plants for every 100 square feet of space.
Air Purifying Indoor Plants
Dumb Canes (Dieffenbachiaspp.)
Dumb Canes are a common houseplant that not only adds some greenery to your home but have the ability to remove the chemicals xylene and toluene from the air.
Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
There are lots of different types of ferns that make great indoor plants!
The Kimberley Queen Fern is not only pretty, but helpful in removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from your home environment.
Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants are also effective at removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.
These plants are a great small plant to include in your home or office decor.
There are different types of Dracaenas.
Most varieties are said to have the ability to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the home. And the Red-Edged Dracaena is supposed to also remove xylene and toluene in addition to those.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
The Golden Pothos is another very common house plant.
The toxins that this plant is said to help remove are benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Air Purifying House Plants
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The bamboo palm is a great floor plant to add to your home.
It is effective for benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata‘Bostoniensis’)
This is a great plant to use in a hanging basket or to have on a shelf.
The Boston Fern, in addition to being a very pretty fern, is great for helping to remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
This plant requires a bit more space and makes a great floor or entry way houseplant.
Formaldehyde, xylene and toluene are some of the chemicals that can be purified from the air with the Areca Palm.
Gerbera Daisies are one of my favorites! Aren’t they so pretty?! Such a happy flower:)
In addition to being pretty and happy, Gerbera Daisies are show to be effective in removing toxins from the air!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum‘Mauna Loa’)
The Peace Lily is another traditional houseplant.
And, the Peace Lily is one of the best houseplants for removing toxins! This awesome plant is shown to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
I think this is definitely a plant at the top of my list of plants to have in my home!
Best Air Purifying Plants
Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
This plant can be a great interior plant, but definitely needs to sit on the floor.
It is effective at removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
The rubber plant has shown to be effective at removing formaldehyde.
It makes a great decorative house plant with its dark waxy leaves.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
This is a great plant to use in a plant stand or for climbing.
English Ivy is great for the toxins benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
Broad Leaf Lady Palm
The Lady Palm is a great tropical looking plant to keep in a pot.
And, of course, it is said to be an effective plant for removing toxins from the air.
Aloe Vera is well known for its ability to soothe sunburns and skin irritations.
But did you know that it is also a great plant to keep inside for removing air pollutants?
Use Aloe Vera to help remove benzene and formaldehyde.
Plants That Purify The Air
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata‘Laurentii’)
A great home or office plant!
The Snake Plant is said to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
There are multiple varieties of Philodendrons.
They make great houseplants but can grow to be quite large.
Philodendrons are said to be helpful in removing formaldehyde from the air that we breathe.
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Chrysanthemums are more than just a beautiful flower!
They are a powerhouse at removing toxins!
Chrysanthemums are said to help remove benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
This is another plant that I definitely want to include in my home decor:)
Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
The Ficus, also known as the Weeping Fig, is a great tree to have in your home.
It is also said to help remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
This small plant has beautiful flowers and makes a great plant for shelves and tables.
And like all of the other plants on this list it is said to be effective at removing toxins from our indoor environment.
Air Purifying Plants
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is such a beautiful and elegant tree to include in your home decor!
What a great statement piece for your living room, bedroom or office.
Not to mention a great statement piece that serves a purpose:) Use this tree to help remove toxins from your home or office!
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
This potted plant is a great addition to your home to help remove benzene and formaldehyde.
African Violets are one of my favorite indoor plants!
Even as a child I liked to grow African Violets:) They have beautiful flowers and fuzzy green leaves.
I didn’t even realize that I was actually benefiting from this plant’s air purifying qualities:)
Orchids are another favorite of mine! They have such beautiful flowers.
And, of course, are effective at removing toxins.
The Moth Orchid in particular is said to help remove xylene and toluene from the air.
Banana Tree (Musa Oriana)
The Banana Tree is the last plant on our list.
While this tree can grow quite large, small trees can make great interior air purifiers.
They are said to help remove formaldehyde from the air.
And that is 25 air purifying plants that you NEED to include in your home!
Do you currently have any of these plants in your home? Do you have any additional air purifying plants to add to the list?
Leave me a comment below and let me know!