House Plants To make Air In Your House Much Cleaner

Either you are an experienced indoor gardener, or just an amateur, you probably already know that some house plants have air purifying properties. Place several plants in your room to deal with the harmful chemicals in the air.


We have a collection of 18 indoor plants that can make your apartment become a safer place.

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Golden Pothos are very popular plants because it is easy to grow them; they are durable and look attractive, especially against the chevron pattern background. You should grow them in a spot where there is no draft, but much indirect light, and proper ventilation.

Peace Lily can reduce carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde – the harmful gases that can be present in the air. This plant needs refreshed soil, so it is advisable to repot it every year.

Rubber plant can turn into a very large tree if it receives the proper care. It suffers without indirect warm light and the right amount of water.

Photo 1: Golden Pothos. Source: Amanda via Flickr Photo 3: Rubber Plant. Source: The Magicdreamlife


English Ivy is a superb climber that can cling to anything. It prefers organically rich soil and shady areas.

Snake Plant is a very tolerant plant because it looks fresh even if you neglect it for a long time. It makes the air clean as it removes toxic benzene and formaldehyde.

Aloe Vera leaves can heel cuts, sunburns, burns, and rashes. This plant loves sunlight, and it feels ok if the climate is dry.

Photo 4: English Ivy. Source: The Casper Photo 5: Snake Plant. Source: freddybear via Instagram Photo 6: Aloe Vera. Source: The Designsponge


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Despite being poisonous, Dumb Cane is unlikely to kill animals or humans – just wash your hands after touching it and place it in a place where your cat cannot reach it. It likes indirect sunlight, much water, and warm temperature.

Heartleaf Philodendron does not like direct sun. However, if its leaves stay small, it means that the plant gets less light than it needs.

Spider Plant looks cute if you put it in a hanging basket. It likes when its soil is moist during warm months.

Photo 7: Dumb Cane. Source: oh_nicolle via Instagram Photo 8: Heartleaf Philodendron. Source: The Designsponge Photo 9: Spider Plant. Source: _knotted_ via Instagram

Mind that Cornstalk dracaena is toxic to dogs and cats. This plant is perfect for focal points and center pieces.

Chinese Evergreen tolerates drought, dry air, and poor light, so it is easy to grow it. This plant prefers moderate watering and annual fertilization.

Pachira aquatica likes moist soil and bright light. Water it one or even two times a week.

Photo 10: Cornstalk Dracaena. Source: houseplantjournal via Instagram Photo 11: Chinese Evergreen. Source: The Designsponge Photo 12: Pachira Aquatica. Source: The Hisugarplum

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Devil’s Ivy or Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) will grow slowly in a dark spot, and it can also be destroyed by bright light – keep it average. This plant prefers high humidity and regular watering.

Nephrolepis exaltata are very sensitive to wood burners and coal fires smoke and chemicals – consider this when you choose where to place it. The plant can except little direct sunlight, but do not place it near a South facing window.

Ficus benjamina is a great decoration because it can create a special atmosphere in your room. The plant enjoys when you spray its leaves with warm water, but make sure that the water is boiled.

Photo 13: Devil’s Ivy or Pothos. Source: houseplantjournal via Instagram Photo 14: Nephrolepis Exaltata. Source: Credit Photo 15: Ficus Benjamina. Source: ahoshimeji via Instagram

Bamboo Palm likes shady places and can produce small berries and flowers. This plant is the best at filtering benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Red-Edged Dracaena can grow up to the ceiling. Lacquers, gasoline, and varnishes pollute the air with xylene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, and this plant can remove these toxins.

If you have the bright interior, Areca Palm will be a great decoration for it, though it commands much attention. This plant is the best air humidifier.

Photo 16: Bamboo Palm. Source: The Inhonorofdesign Photo 17: Red-Edged Dracaena. Source: acerozleja via Instagram Photo 18: Areca Palm. Source: The Thinkingcloset


FAQ: House Plants

How many plants do I need to purify air?

Although it’s impossible to say how many plants are required to filter interior air, experts suggest at least two large plants for every 100 square feet (about 9.3 square meters) of indoor area. The larger and more leafy the plant, the better.

Which plant gives oxygen 24 hours?

The Peapal Tree produces oxygen for 24 hours. In contrast to Hinduism, this tree is sacred, according to some Buddhist norms.

Are snake plants air purifying?

Snake plants, like other indoor succulents, help to purify the air. This plant is special in that it is one of the few that can transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen during the night. This property makes it an excellent choice for bedroom décor, as it can aid in the regulation of healthy airflow.