Know which houseplants can purify the indoor air of your home

Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants. While most leafy plants are adept at purifying indoor air, some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants, and peace lilies. Here is the list of the houseplants that can help you to purify the indoor air of your home.


Aloe Vera

Not only can it be used for burns on the skin, but it is also known to remove formaldehyde from the air.

Areca Palm

General air purifier, especially as it grows larger. It’s known for being one of the better performers in purifying the air.

Baby Rubber Plant

These houseplants clean the air by emitting high oxygen content and purify indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldehyde or other toxins.

Bamboo Palm

According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

Boston Fern

Said to act as a natural air humidifier, removes formaldehyde and is a general air purifier. Said to be among the best in air purifying houseplants.

Chinese Evergreen

Emits high oxygen content, and purifies indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, benzene or other toxins.

Mass Cane

Known for removing formaldehyde and known generally as one of the houseplants that clean the air.

Pygmy Date Palm

Said to remove formaldehyde and xylene (a chemical found in plastics and solvents) from the air.

Ficus Alii

Said to be a great overall air purifier.

Gerbera Daisy

NASA says this plant is fantastic at removing benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen overnight, which is said to improve your sleep!

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