The air we breathe is often filled with toxic or irritating chemicals and pollutants known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs that are especially released from cleaning solutions and detergents. We may think airs inside our homes are much safer than the air outside but that is not necessarily true especially without an effective air filtering system in place risking health problems caused by poor indoor air quality (IAQ). You can improve your home IAQ with nature’s powerful air filter: plants. While there are many techniques to improve IAQ, the plants not only decorate your interior can also help clean and purify the air you breathe.


Garden mum

NASA’s clean air study conducted in 90s for clean air in space crowned this cheerful flowering garden mum as one of the best air purifying house plants. Mums are a popular potted plant found at many garden stores, and they have added advantage of being able to thrive outside too.


Snake plant

Also commonly known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this houseplant is nearly impossible to kill even if you forget to care for it and they prefer their fair share of sunlight and dryer condition requiring occasional watering. This plant is best to filtering out formaldehyde, common in cleaning products, toilet paper tissues and personal care products.


Aloe Vera

Another excellent choice for air purifying houseplant is aloe vera. Aloe vera has been known to have several benefits for the treatment of minor burns and skin irritations. This easy growing succulent loves sun and helps clear formaldehyde and benzene which can be a byproduct of chemical based cleaners, paints and more.


Spider plant

Spider plant has its shoots grows and blooms in different directions hence its name, is ideal for forgetful or first time plant owners. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plants cleans indoor air of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather rubber and printing industries.  As an added bonus this plant is considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.


Peace lily

One of the smallest air purifying indoor plants on the list, the peace lily has excellent air-cleaning qualities for its size. It flowers throughout the summer months filling a room with inviting aromas. . It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.



The colorful flowers of this plant not only brighten indoors but also filter out benzene that are commonly released by glue, paints, detergents and plastics. This plant loves bright light and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.


Boston fern

Boston fern is the natural air humidifier. This houseplant with large feathered ferns has noticeable impact besides adding humidity to the environment while eliminating formaldehyde.


Weeping fig or Ficus

A ficus can remove pollutants accompanying your furniture and carpeting such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. These long lasting plants flourish in bright, indirect light.


Golden pothos

Golden pothos was considered one of most effective plant to eliminating formaldehyde from NASA’s study.This plant is one resilient plant to kill and it doubles as an effective eliminator of carbon monoxide as well. The vines grow fairly quickly and look great suspended from elevated areas.


Bamboo Palm

NASA found this plant to be one of the best filters for benzene and trichloroethylene and a great humidifier. It releases a good deal of moisture into the air and is considerably resistant to insect infestation. This plant is also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off gassing formaldehyde.


Add greenery into your indoors while filtering your indoor air of VOCs like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene and other VOCs that accompanies your cleaning products and solutions, paints and varnishes. Breathe cleaner air with these houseplants. Make sure you follow all the best practices to maintain good IAQ by checking that all HVAC or ventilation system are working properly

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