12 of the Best Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air

We lived in shelters sync with nature and had more benefits of breathing fresh air before we start to live in modern houses. In this modern society, we had to breathe with polluted air as we are away from nature.

Plants are with the ability to absorb air polluting organic and inorganic chemicals and break them down into compounds which can use for energy. So plants provide us clean air to breathe. But we should give plants enough water and sunlight for survival.

According to a plant study in 1772 proved the benefits of having indoor plants. It says the plants can purify the stagnant air that had low oxygen counts as results of burning candles and owning pets. Plants also have the ability to purify air for use by astronauts in space stations and future moon bases.

In a six month study done with a room filled with plants and a room devoid of plants proved that the room without plants had a 50% higher level of airborne microbes and bacteria. Indoor plants can provide humidity which can help with sinus problems, asthma, and even anxiety.

Here are some best plants which will help you to purify the air in your home.

12 of the best plants for cleaner indoor air

Aloe Vera

As we all know aloe vera can relieve the pain from sunburns. It also has the ability to purify the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide at night. It also has the ability to remove benzene from your home, found in paint and chemical cleaners. Aloe vera only need very little water and sunlight to survive.

Peace Lily

As we all know Lily is a beautiful tall and white bloom plant. Lily also can improve your health. The plant is excellent for removing three of most common volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene said NASA. The beautiful lilies can also help to reduce toluene and xylene in the air.

The lilies are not hard to take care of.  The lilies only need an artificial light in your home or indirect sunlight from windows. Lilies have the ability to tell you when to water them by dropping their leaves slightly. You should avoid areas where pets or children can reach them as they are poisonous.

Bamboo Palm

The leaves of the palms can return oxygen to the room where the plant is in as they extract more carbon dioxide from the air as you breathe at night.

This plant also needs a low light with moist soil. They reduce the amount of mold and bacteria in the air by the humidity given off by the moist soil. This will also help you to breathe and sleep better.


We all know that lavender is an essential oil. But, it can also use to clean your air indoors. We will be able to breathe more slowly and easily as the aroma naturally calms the nerves and relaxes your brain.

Spider Plant

With the resins and solvents in building materials, there are pollutants such as formaldehyde in homes and these can be cause irritation of eyes, throat, and lungs, respiratory disorders, and allergies. According to a study, spider plants are excellent for reducing the amount of formaldehyde in a living space.

They are consisted of light green and white striped long leaves that fall in fountain shape. You can hang these plants for the best display as they will also develop small baby plants that hang down from the parent plant. These baby plants can be sprouted in a jar of water and then planted.

The quality of the air in your home and your health can be improve by reducing an environmental pollutant that is out-gassed from foam insulation, particleboard, fabrics and various other man-made materials.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera daisies will help to clean VOC s from your indoor air and remove benzene which can be out-gassed from your natural gas stove. It needs a plenty of sunlight.


These are also called as mums. Removing benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and ammonia from the air in your home are some benefits of this plant. Mums are in a variety of colors and can be found anywhere. These plants need a good amount of sun and water.

They bloom only once per year and they are called annuals. It will not flower again even though it lives longer than a year.

Warneckei (Draceana Plant)

This is a perfect plant to have in home as it doesn’t need much sunlight. It can remove harmful toxins in the environment and provide oxygen to purify stagnant air.

Golden Pothos

Golden pothos can remove formaldehyde and it is a beautiful plant with cascading leaves. These pothos doesn’t need much sunlight and work do fine in the dark.

English Ivy

English ivy is efficiently filters formaldehyde aerosols and fecal particles from the indoor air. So, pet owners will love this plant. There are many varieties of this plant and it is poisonous.

This plant doesn’t need direct sunlight. Robust plant which grows so well and easily that is considered a weed in some countries.

Chinese Evergreen

As this is a tropical plant, this plant doesn’t need much sunlight, it only needs regular doses of H2O. If you notice them turning brown you have to mist the ends with water. Chinese Evergreen has the ability to remove a variety of toxins from the environment and will help you to breathe better.

Elephant Ear

Elephant ear can remove formaldehyde, especially at higher concentrations. As they are poisonous remember to keep away from children.

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