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  • Writer's pictureVera Blouin

Top 7 Indoor Air Purifying Plants for Healthier Living

There are so many benefits of having natural indoor plants - not only do they transform your space into a green haven, but they also play a major role in purifying the air around you. Let's explore some of the top indoor plants known for their air-purifying properties, contributing to a healthier, cleaner living environment.


Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The Spider Plant is a top contender when it comes to air-purifying indoor plants. They're especially adept at removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Bonus: their non-fussy nature and low maintenance needs make them ideal for newbie plant parents.



Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Known as the 'Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,' Snake Plants are impressive air purifiers. They remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, and uniquely, they convert CO2 to oxygen during the night, making them perfect for bedrooms.








English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy is more than just an attractive plant; it's a potent air purifier. Studies show that it can reduce airborne particles of fecal matter and filter out formaldehyde.




Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The Peace Lily removes a wide range of pollutants like benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and ammonia. Keep in mind they need a bit more care and are best suited for more experienced plant owners.


Lush Boston Fern with feathery fronds, hanging in a wicker basket, recognized for its effective air purifying properties.
Boston Fern

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Ferns are wonderful air humidifiers and are effective at removing formaldehyde and xylene. They need a bit more attention with regular misting and indirect light.



Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Highly rated by NASA's air-purifying study, the Bamboo Palm removes formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They also act as natural humidifiers, adding moisture to dry indoor air.






Aloe Vera (Aloe barbaensis miller)

Aloe Vera is renowned for its healing gel, but it's also an excellent air purifier. It helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners or paints.




Indoor plants serve as natural air purifiers, contributing to a healthier living environment. This guide to air-purifying indoor plants is a starting point for anyone looking to enjoy cleaner, fresher air at home. Remember, the best indoor plant is the one you'll care for – so choose plants that suit your lifestyle and environmental conditions.

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