Top 6 Houseplants for Air Purification

Top 6 Houseplants for Air Purification


Indoor plants are not just a pretty addition to your room, but they can also help purify the air you breathe. That's right, certain plants have the ability to remove harmful toxins and pollutants from the air, making the air in your home cleaner and healthier than before.


There are many different plants that can help purify the air, but I'm going to share with you some of the best ones. Here are my 6 favourite houseplants which keep the air clean:



1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

SnakePlant is a great choice for an indoor air purifying plant because it releases oxygen at night, making it perfect to have in your bedroom while you sleep. It's also a hardy plant that can survive in low light and infrequent watering, making it perfect for those who may not have a green thumb.


2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant is another great option for purifying the air. It's easy to care for and can even be grown in a hanging basket, making it perfect for small spaces. It also helps remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air, which are common toxins found in cleaning products and paint. Spider plant is also very easy to duplicate using propagation stations


3. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe Vera is known for its healing properties when applied to the skin and hair, but it's also great for purifying the air. This plant is able to remove formaldehyde and benzene, which are commonly found in cleaning products and furniture. It's also a low-maintenance plant that doesn't require a lot of experience or attention.


4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Fern is one of the most effective plants at removing pollutants from the air. It's great at removing formaldehyde and xylene, making it a great choice for those who want to improve the air quality in their homes. Boston Ferns also prefer humidity, you can place a tray of water next to the ferns to raise humidity. Alternatively, use a plant humidifier.


5. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy is another great air-purifying plant. It helps to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene, which are all common toxins found in cleaning products and paints. It's also a climbing plant that can grow long, making it a great option to hang from a shelf or a wall.


6. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The Peace Lily is a great option for those who want to purify the air in their homes and also add a touch of elegance to their space. This plant is able to remove pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, which are commonly found in cleaning products and furniture. It also has beautiful white flowers which extend out from the base.



When it comes to indoor plants, it is important to know that small plants won't have the same air-purifying effect as large ones. Also, keep in mind that for best results your plants should be kept healthy which will require correct watering and light so you might need to adjust the location of the plant in order to provide it with the best conditions to grow.


By adding these plants to your home, you can not only improve the aesthetic of your space but also the quality of the air you breathe. So, the next time you're thinking about buying a new plant, consider one of these air-purifying options to bring some fresh air into your home!



About Caleb Young

Caleb is the business director and co-founder of The Planted Pot. On this blog he shares his tips and tricks for growing and caring for a wide variety of plants, and hopes to inspire others to bring more plants into their lives and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.