Incredible Houseplants That Clean the Air

Categories: Health & Nutrition

The things in our homes emit some nasty toxic chemicals, like formaldehyde for example. You can also be impacted by pollutants like pollen, bacteria, mold, dust and various outdoor contaminants that find their way inside.

Fortunately, houseplants can help us solve some of these air quality issues. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these houseplants are basically impossible to kill. Let’s check them out!

The dirty air which circulates in our homes is one of the primary causes of various illnesses. Most of us live in buildings made of brick and concrete, which constantly emit toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde. Various kinds of bacteria, mould, dust and carbon dioxide do their work as well, poisoning the air around the oven.

Fortunately, we can always turn to houseplants to help us here. Few people know that they can be a great solution to the problem of poor ventilation at home. So here are nine of the best leafy air cleaners that can put either at home or in the office — and breathe easier as a result. 

Potted chrysanthemums (’Garden Mum’)

This plant was found by NASA to be a real air-purifying beast. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home’s air. It’s popular and inexpensive, plus they can be planted outside too. 

Chlorophytum (’Spider Plant’)

Chlorophytum is the best option for those who don’t have enough free time and always forget to water their flowers. That’s because in terms of care, this plant is very simple and undemanding. The chances are plenty of your neighbours already have one, so you can borrow a couple of stems from them and grow your own. The spider plant absorbs all the chemicals you spray while cleaning the apartment. 


There are more than 40 species of the plant, so you can easily choose whichever one you like best. Dracaena is a great tool for freeing the air from benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene. However, this little friend might be a bit toxic for cats and dogs, so think twice if you live in an apartment full of pets. 


Ficus is the most popular ’mini-tree’ in the world. If you put it in a large pot and let it grow, it can reach a truly impressive size. On average though, its height is about 60 to 120 cm. In spring and summer you can leave it outdoors. 

Spathiphyllum (’Peace Lily’)

Despite being extremely beautiful this flower is really hard to kill. In general it blooms in summer, prefers shady places and moist (though not wet) soil. The Peace Lily absorbs ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. 

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