The Best Air-Purifying Houseplants

With so many pollutants in our air these days, filling your home with houseplants that specialize in purifying your air is an easy step you can take to improve your environment and create a clean, healthy space.

While all houseplants use the carbon dioxide that is in the air, the following plants are the most efficient at cleaning up the pollution in the air and giving you clean air to breathe freely.

Snake Plants

These plants are useful for so much more than their low-maintenance nature and their intriguing visual appeal. In addition to these things, Snake Plants, also known as Mother-In-Law's Tongue, are extremely efficient at soaking up any pollutants in the air such as carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene, and benzene. And in addition to soaking up these harmful chemicals, Snake Plants also release pure oxygen. These plants make for great bed-side décor, as they will have you breathing clean air all night long. Shop Snake Plants!

English Ivy

These great little plants add a beautiful touch of greenery to any area of the home. One interesting fact that may not be very widely known is the fact that these delicate ivies are particularly effective at reducing fecal particles that have become suspended in the air. Based on that, you can only imaging that bathrooms are a popular location for these plants! Wherever you decide to put them though, do make sure that they get the adequate amount of sun (around 4 hours of direct sun), or they won't be able to do their job! Shop Ivy plants!

Spider Plants

Spider Plants also make for great air purifiers, and they are also perfectly suited to new plant owners or people who don't have the greenest of thumbs. They are very resilient, do not require a lot of light, and can go for several weeks at a time without being watered. It is also non-toxic to pets, so if you are also an animal lover, this may be the plant for you! Its talents are found in filtering toxins such as carbon monoxide and xylene from the air. These plants, when they are happy and healthy, also produce lots of little pups that can easily be propagated into new plants, so you can have tons of Spider Plant babies all over your home! Shop Spider Plants!

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera have so many uses. They provide a lovely aesthetic, can aid in sunburn relief, are often used as an ingredient in smoothies, and they can also purifying the air you breathe! These plants specialize in soaking up any formaldehyde or benzene floating around in your air. And since these chemicals are ones often found in varnishes, floor finishes or soaps and detergents, kitchen areas are often a good place for them. Being a type of succulent, they do love the sun, so just make sure you place your Aloe in a spot where it will receive plenty of light and warmth! Shop Aloe Vera!

Palm Trees

Many different kinds of palms serve as a great way to purify the air in your home from any pollutants. Specifically Lady Palms are great at absorbing ammonia, which is often found in cleaning products. Their tall and leafy growth pattern is a look that is largely sought after in many interior designs, and they are not very needy plants, making them popular, easy, and effective. Shop Lady Palms!