Air purifying plants to grow from home

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Are you a plant person? Did you know that houseplants are more than just plants? That they can also keep the air clean. 

This post is going to cover some indoor plants that can help clean the air at home. Each plant is different and so the way in which they’ll clean the air is also respective to each plant. 

Aloe vera

Aloe vera works to clean indoor air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. This process happens overnight, so it’s best to keep these plants near your bed!

Bamboo palm

Bamboo palms work differently in that they absorb pollutants, for instance benzene, carbon monoxide and chloroform. They’re also really nice looking trees, great for placing anywhere in the home. 


Calathea is a nice looking plant that purifies the air by filtering out toxins, similar to bamboo palms. These work great as a general houseplant to keep the air clean. 


These vivid plants are notoriously known for their air cleansing properties. These flowers look great, and also work to remove pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde and xylene – To name a few. 

Devil’s ivy

Another one considered as an air purifier, Devil’s ivy works to cleanse the home’s air from common pollutants. Pothos is also a cool looking plant, typically used to decorate shelving, as it’s a runner type. 

Peace lily

Peace lilies are basically the swans of the plant world. They work great to improve air by removing toxins such as benzene, carbon monoxide and trichloroethylene, to name a few. 


Philodendrons are great for cleaning the air as they remove formaldehyde, refreshing the room. They have really interesting leaves and make for a great decoration. 

Rubber plants

Rubber plants are great for cleaning indoor air in two ways. By both cleaning the air of toxins, and producing oxygen. Rubber plants also remove mould and bacteria from air (up to 60%) as a defence mechanism, making it a great choice for a cleaner-aired home. 


Snake plant

Snake plants works to keep the air clean by removing nitrogen, formaldehyde and nitrogen oxides, on a 24 hour basis, day and night. Typically, plants release carbon dioxide overnight, however, snake plants instead absorb it, making it a great choice for a bedroom plant. 

Spider plant

Spider plants are another wise choice for those looking to keep the air clean at home. It works by filtering the air of common toxins as previously mentioned. 


Which plant purifies air the most?

By far, chrysanthemums are considered the best indoor plant for air purification. As mentioned, they remove an array of toxins from the air, even ammonia. 

How many plants do you need to purify air?

There’s no exact answer for this, but for a general rule of thumb, get around 2-3 plants per 100 square feet. If you get 2 large plants with bigger leaves, you’re better off than 3 mini plants. 

Easy plants to grow indoors

That was a short list of indoor plants that you can grow today. If you love this list and fund it useful, be sure to bookmark it for future reference, or share with a friend!