Five Houseplants that Clean the Air

Get Rid of Indoor Pollutants the Natural Way

Since most individuals spend 90 percent of the time indoors, the quality of air inside our homes and workplaces can have significant effects on our health and productivity. Regardless of whether or not your place is squeaky clean, furnishings, cleaning products, and other synthetic materials emit a variety of toxins including formaldehyde that can cause serious respiratory illnesses. You may also experience some of the symptoms of what NASA calls “sick building syndrome” which may include headaches, nausea, coughing as well as irritation in the eyes, throat or nose.

There are several ways to improve the quality of your indoor air, such as increasing your ventilation or reducing the humidity in your air. But if you want a more affordable and natural way to get rid of your indoor pollutants, you may want to consider adding some potted plants to your home or office space. This may be an intimidating proposition—especially for those who do not have a green thumb—but there are plenty of low maintenance plants to get you started.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are also called air plants because of their ability to remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air. These plants are perfect for beginners because of how easy they are to take care of. You only need to water these plants two to three times a week to maintain the greenness of their leaves. As an added bonus, spider plants are non-toxic to pets and humans, so placing them around your house is perfectly safe.


There are over 40 kinds of dracaenas that come in different shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of accessible variety. You can choose the one that best suits your space! Dracaenas are known to remove a number of air pollutants including formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These plants are easy to care for, needing only little amounts of water every day. However, if you have pets, you may want to rethink getting these plants as they can be toxic to animals.


When you want something more aesthetically pleasing, you may want to get some chrysanthemums for your home. These flowers come in a variety of colors and can easily brighten a room. They are also one of the highest ranked air purifiers that can eliminate benzene as well as ammonia. You may want to place this plant on a window sill or in some corner where it can receive direct sunlight.

Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

This may be one of the most low maintenance plants often seen around offices and restaurants. Snake plants thrive in drier conditions and you need to only water them occasionally. These plants are known to remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene in the air. Some studies also suggest that placing these plants in your bedroom can give you a bit of an oxygen boost while you sleep.

Aloe Vera Plant

Although they are most commonly used to help heal sunburns and other skin conditions, Aloe Vera plants can also remove formaldehyde and benzene from indoor air. These succulents are easy to grow, but may not thrive in a room with low light. You may want to put these plants near a window where it can receive direct sunlight.

Adding a potted plant in your home or office space does not only improve the quality of your indoor air, it can also be therapeutic for you as plants are known to help increase positivity and reduce stress levels. Just make sure to get the right plant that suits you, especially if you have pets or small children.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.

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