10 Plants That Help Purify the Air at Home

Achieve a healthier and happier space with these easy-to-care-for green wonders.

Plants That Help Purify the Air at Home
Let these green wonders get rid of toxic air pollutants (Photo by Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)

After dealing with smoke and fumes outdoors, many of us believe we’re safe from pollution the moment we step inside the house and lock the door behind us. Unfortunately, the air we breathe at home has pollutants that can cause diseases, too.

The World Health Organization says that pollution comes from smoke, gases, and other chemicals. Some of the things we use and do at home also emit pollutants that affect our health. To keep our home a safe space, it’s a must to clean it regularly, avoid smoking indoors, and choose environmental-friendly products.

To give it a refreshing boost, you can spruce up your home with air-purifying plants! These green wonders don’t just get rid of toxic air pollutants, it can also turn a space into a paradise-like escape. Decorating your home with plants can be as easy as turning an empty corner into a mini garden or placing pots on your windowsill.

Here are some 10 air purifying plants according to Better Homes and Gardens to help you achieve a healthier and more inviting home:

Plants that get rid of formaldehyde:

Peace Lily


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Make a statement in your foyer by adding a pot of peace lily on a console table. This captivating plant has lovely green leaves and can thrive in areas with low light. Peace Lilies are known to rid the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Keep it healthy with weekly watering—just make sure the soil is dry before sprinkling it again with water.



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Known to get rid of formaldehyde, the philodendron has heart-shaped leaves that would look good on top of your coffee table in the living area. Worried you have a black thumb? This plant can survive with minimal care, indirect sunlight, and moderate watering.

Aloe Vera


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This small yet useful green wonder is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and numerous uses at home, one of which is cleaning the air we breathe and making sure it’s free from formaldehyde. Place it in a warm, well-lit part of your home.

English Ivy


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Got an overhead shelf that’s looking a little lackluster? Let the English Ivy and its enchanting leaves liven it up! This climber can be placed in a hanging woven or macramé planter for an instant Boho-inspired décor. In the study conducted by NASA on air purifying plants, English Ivy emerged as the top air purifier and can rid the air of formaldehyde and benzene.

Plants that get rid of xylene, benzene, and other pollutants:

Rubber Plant


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Trust this potted wonder to rid the air of xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Rubber plants thrive with bright, filtered light and watering every two weeks. It can be grown in a small pot or in huge ones that can define your living area.

Boston Fern


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A favorite houseplant by many homeowners, the Boston Fern can be placed on a shelf or on a side table. You can place it in a woven planter that can complement its sword-shaped leaves. Keep your Boston Fern alive with regular misting and by maintaining a moist soil. Place it in a spot with indirect sunlight so it can do its job of getting rid of formaldehyde and xylene.

Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue


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They say if you can’t seem to keep a houseplant alive, the Snake Plant is perfect for you. Known to get rid of formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene, the Snake Plant can grow up to two meters in height and has distinct slim, long leaves. Make sure you don’t overwater your plant and that you place it under direct sunlight for a few hours every day.



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Place a pot of Pothos or Devil’s Ivy and let it brighten up your dining nook in an instant. Aside from giving your space a makeover, a pot of pothos can help get rid of toxins like xylene and formaldehyde.

Chinese Evergreen


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Pick a white planter for your Chinese Evergreen and keep it in any part of your home with medium to low light conditions. This lovely green wonder is known to get rid of formaldehyde and xylene in the air.

Bamboo Palm


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The Bamboo Palm can help you achieve the jungalow look that’s taking over Instagram and Pinterest lately. Place it in a corner and let it do its job of ridding the air of trichloroethylene and benzene. The bonus? It’s pet-friendly and would appreciate direct sunlight.

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