Air Cleaning Plants

Air cleaning plants

Indoor plants are particularly responsible for filtering three chemicals: Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene from the air.

Common houseplants can remove impurities from the air we breathe in our homes and offices. A study done by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) indicates that plant leaves, roots and soil bacteria are all important in removing toxins from indoor air.


One way to protect yourself from exposure to these toxins is to place several plants in your home or office. Indoor plants are particularly responsible for filtering three chemicals, Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene, from the air. It is estimated that fifteen of these plants can refresh and clean the air in a 1,800 square foot house. They are also among the easiest plants to grow and are attractive for indoor decorating.

These twelve plants are better than most for purifying the air indoors:

  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)
  • Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
  • Corn plant (Dracaena massangeana)
  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa')
  • Pot mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Snake plant (Sansievaria trifasciata)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Transvaal daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • White butterfly (Nephytis syngonium)