Indoor Plants that Purify: Top 5 Houseplants That Can Help You Breathe Better

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Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants

Top 5 Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants

Freshen up your indoor spaces with purifying indoor plants that remove unwanted toxins and pollutants from the air – and look pretty, too.

Some research shows that having houseplants in your home may improve indoor air quality, as they can help clear harmful irritants such as carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, hydrocarbon, and others.

Red Edged Dracaena

Red Edged Dracaena
Red Edged Dracaena by Forest and Kim Starr via Flickr CC

This lady-in-red shrub has the ability to reach your ceiling, and there are more than 40 different kinds of dracaena plants. A word of warning: don’t place a dracaena in your house if you have a pet.

CLEANS THE AIR OF: Xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline.

Weeping Fig (Ficus)

Weeping Fig Indoor Plant by Ron Frazier via Flickr CC
Weeping Fig Indoor Plant by Ron Frazier via Flickr CC

Ficus is a bit more high-maintenance, requiring bright indirect light and time to let the soil dry out between water feedings. But if you care for it right, it can last you years.

CLEANS THE AIR OF: Formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, which typically accompany carpeting and furniture.

Barberton Daisy

Yellow Barberton Daisy photo via Depositphotos
Yellow Barberton Daisy photo via Depositphotos

As well as injecting a cheerful burst of red, yellow, orange or pink into your home, the Barberton daisy is an effective cleanser of the toxins formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene, found in a range of household materials from paints to synthetic fibers.

Spider Plants

Spider plant in retro tea cup photo via DepositPhotos
Spider plant in retro teacup photo via DepositPhotos

For those of you who are houseplant newbies, the resilient spider plant is a perfect choice. It will quietly battle toxins, including carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the printing and rubber industries.

If you have pets, this is one of the few houseplants that are non-toxic to animals.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera Plant

A healing aloe plant is a lovely addition to your kitchen windowsill, as it loves a sunny spot.

While being on hand to soothe any kitchen burns, this succulent will be purifying the air of formaldehyde and benzene, found in varnishes, floor finishes, and detergents.

Chinese Evergreens

Chinese Evergreens via Depositphotos
Chinese Evergreens via Depositphotos

With its ability to tolerate low light and drought, the Chinese evergreen is an easy plant for beginner indoor gardeners.

If your plant gets enough sunlight, it might even produce a calla lily-like bloom.

Broadleaf Lady Palm

Broadleaf Lady Palm by Aris riyanto via Wikipedia CC
Broadleaf Lady Palm By Aris riyanto – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Perfect for indoors or outdoors, this plant can grow up to 14-feet tall (although it can also be pruned back to a more manageable height).

Lady palms prefer indirect light, moist soil and can thrive in almost any temperature.

Devil’s Ivy

Epipremnum aureum (family Araceae) Devil's Ivy plat photo via Depositphotos
Epipremnum aureum (family Araceae) Devil’s Ivy plant photo via Depositphotos

This plant loves indirect sunlight and only needs to be watered when dry. It gets its name because it’s nearly impossible to kill and stays green even when kept near darkness.

Areca palm

Areca palm photo by Kenpei via Wikipedia CC
Areca palm photo By KENPEI – KENPEI, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

An extremely elegant palm with delicate fronds is good enough to be situated in your living room or hall…

This pleasant plant releases lots of moisture into the air, removes toxins very effectively, is easy to look after, and resists insect infestations well.

Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants
Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants

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