Easy To Grow Indoor Air-Purifying Plants

In 1989, a study conducted by NASA and environmental engineer Bill Wolverton tested if there were houseplants that could be effective at removing harmful pollutants from the air inside a home. The study results suggested that certain plants in a controlled space could remove volatile organic compounds from the air.

Since then, air-purifying indoor plants have become a social media craze, and some current-day studies are still testing Wolverton’s hypothesis & replicating his results. Green thumb or not; houseplants are a great way to liven up your indoor spaces while naturally cleaning your home’s air of pollutants.

The following are the 7 of the best-rated house plants for airborne chemicals and bacteria:


1. Aloe Vera

  • Rids air of the chemical formaldehyde.
  • This succulent grows best in the sun; place in a window with optimal sunlight & water every three weeks.
  • Its leaves contain a clear liquid that houses vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, a mixture great healing irritated skin, like a sunburn.

Aleo Vera Plant

2. Lady Palm

  • Can grow up to 6ft tall!
  • Cleanses the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and toluene.
  • Tolerates low levels of light, high amounts of water, and a range of temperatures

Lady Palm Tree

3. Bamboo Palm

  • Acts as a natural humidifier inside of your home.
  • Filters airborne toxins like nitrogen oxide and formaldehyde.
  • A low maintenance plant that survives in low light; water once a week.

4. Rubber Plant

  • Reduces airborne bacteria & mold spores.
  • Contaminants in the air are absorbed through the leaves and deposited into the soil.
  • Wait until the soil is dry to water every 1-2 weeks. Loves sunlight!

5. Dracaena

  • Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air.
  • Needs bright, indirect sunlight and a pot with good drainage.
  • WARNING: toxic to dogs and cats when eaten

Dracaena Plant

6. English Ivy

  • Dramatically reduces the number of airborne mold spores.
  • Happiest in a humid environment with consistent temperatures and low light.
  • Doesn’t appreciate a draft; keep away from doors, windows, and vents.

7. Peace Lily

  • Requires very little light or water. Direct sunlight could lead to leaf burn.
  • One of the most efficient plants in removing formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
  • WARNING: Toxic to animals and people if ingested.

Peace Lilly

There you have it – the top 7 indoor air-purifying plants! Some of the plants on this list are toxic to pets. For more information about the safety of specific plants, consult the ASPCA’s searchable database.

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