5 Best Air Purifying Houseplants You Can Grow Indoors

One of the best ways of creating a welcoming environment in your living room is by introducing houseplants. Besides making your interior spaces more appealing and alive, houseplants can also improve your indoor air quality. Air-purifying houseplants will keep your home’s indoor air clean and fresh without having to run your HVAC unit all day long. Even so, not all houseplants are best for air purification. So which indoor plants are best as air purifiers? Read on to learn more.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy

This indoor plant is one of the best for cleaning the air. This plant removes harmful toxins such as benzene, octane, and trichloroethylene from the air. This plant is also easy to care for – it only needs indirect sunlight and moist soil.

Unlike other houseplants that are toxic to pets, English ivy is pet-friendly. Apart from being an air purifier, English ivy has some medicinal benefits. People use this plant to improve their respiratory issues, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidants.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) 

Peace Lilies

This plant filters many toxins found indoors, including ammonia, benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde. It also lowers mold formation by absorbing mold spores. According to research, the peace lily can improve your indoor air quality by up to 60%. Place your peace lily plant near bathroom tiles to control mildew formation.

Even though the peace lily plant is drought-resistant, you will need to water it weekly for it to thrive. It produces beautiful white flowers to beautify your home.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytumcomosum)

Spider plant

This plant can reduce airborne toxins in your home by about 95% within 24 hours. Its fast-growing leaves are also helpful in reducing mold growth and other allergens, including dust. The spider plant absorbs xylene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and toluene from the air as an air cleaner.

You can plant this easy-care air purifier, and it will thrive on its own since it requires minimal attention. As a decorative plant, it is a perfect option for brightening the dark corners of your house. It is also pet and children-friendly.

Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston fern

The Boston fern is an excellent air-purifying houseplant that can help you breathe better indoors. It’s best grown in indirect sunlight and moist soil, making it perfect for indoor gardens. You can have it on pedestals, in hanging baskets, or as lush specimen plants on windowsills.

This plant removes formaldehyde from the air so your home environment will be safe for your family. It is also perfect for adding the necessary moisture into your indoor air during cold weather conditions. This is an excellent natural remedy for anyone suffering from dry skin.

Snake Plant (Mother-in-law’s Tongue)

Snake plant

This low-maintenance houseplant is one of the best indoor air purifying plants. It’s known for its ability to remove toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. It is an excellent houseplant in the bedrooms; it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. The snake plant requires little maintenance – it only needs bright, indirect sunlight and moist soil.

This houseplant is perfect for people who don’t have much time to take care of their plants. Additionally, it’s a great choice for anyone suffering from allergies since it helps remove allergens from the air. It is toxic to cats and dogs.


Whether you’re a plant lover or not, it’s always best to have indoor plants around the house – especially air-purifying plants. Besides adding a taste of beauty to your home, they also help improve the quality of the air you breathe indoors.   

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