best houseplants for clean air

The Best Houseplants for Clean Air (Home or Office)

Home Air Filtration with Houseplants

Did you know you can Improve Your Air Quality using Indoor House Plants to Clean and Filter the Air in your Home or Office?

You don’t even need a green thumb to get the benefits from these easy to grow plants! Most of these plants are shade loving varieties that will flourish in your home or office and filter the contaminants/pollutants out of the air.
Closed in spaces without proper ventilation can be unhealthy, especially when new plastics, rugs, or VOCs (volatile organic compounds, like paint or new plastic) enter the mix. When windows aren’t an option, plants can help clean the air quicker, resulting in a more healthy indoor environment. Read on for some recommended plants to grow indoors to filter and clean the air!

English Ivy

Fast growing, fast air cleaning plant

English Ivy is a very fast growing plant outside, and still grows quickly inside as well. Often this plant proliferates fast, and looks for places to attach its rootlets climbing vertically (though will spread horizontally as well).

Very tolerant of low light conditions, this plant is often considered invasive in the wild of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The rate at which this plant grows will accelerate the improvement of air quality quicker than most other plants which makes a perfect plant to help clean your indoor areas.

And since it grows in thick “sheets” since it is a vine, you can use it to cover ugly walls or areas you don’t want people to see. Or have it hang from the ceiling for a dramatic effect (that can still cover unsightly areas).

English ive plant

Gerbera Daisy

Fragrant, beautiful and easy to grow

Not only does the Gerbera Daisy filter plenty of air, but it is extremely fragrant. These beautiful large flowers are vivid, and make the perfect centerpiece for an island or table. A truely “happy” plant that brings in a spalsh of color. These come in purple (as seen in our picture0, yellow, red, white and pink. Other colors are available as well, although much harder to source.

Aloe Vera

A broad leaf plant for the air and for medicinal purposes

Long known for its medicinal qualities, Aloe Vera will keep indoors near windows but requiring little light. It will also produce offshoots of new Aloe Vera rather quickly if allowed enough sun.

One thing to mention, you shouldn’t even water your aloe plant. I watered twice in a week and mine died. Since then, I no longer water the plant at all and it does great! Strange, yes. But it’s true! Add a little red lava rock to the pot for a really dramatic look!

Aloe Vera plant leaves

Bamboo Palm

A large palm perfect for bedrooms and living rooms

These beautiful variety of palms are natively found in tropical regions of Central and South American rainforests, but keep well as indoor houseplants. Their cane like stalks and broad leaves filter the air quickly, and make for an excellent, attractive plant.

Bamboo Palm plant leaves



Easy to find autumn flower to filter toxins

Chrysanthemums are a bright, relatively easy to grow variety of flower often seen in the fall months in varying colors of purples, reds, oranges and yellows. If you live somewhere cold, do some garden cleaning in the fall and add a few to a pot and bring them indoors to keep the plants going and adding a touch of outdoor beauty to your indoor spaces.


Do You Own Houseplants?

Indoor plants – how many do you have?

Indoor plants have a lot of benefits. Are you using them to their full potential? Not only do they look nice in your home, but they also filter the air. These are perfect especially for homes with little ventilation (though all homes could use plants).

And not just homes, offices, work areas, even restaurants should have some natural green around. Plants not only clean the air, they can calm people as well. And if you don’t have a green thumb, try a good gardening service to come and keep your plants in great shape. It’s cheaper than an indoor air cleaner.

Snake Plant (sansevieria trifasciata)

AKA mother-in-law’s tongue

Also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant grows upward in an aloe vera like style. It’s tolerant of low levels of light and infrequent watering, and in fact, during the winter months, would prefer underwatering to avoid rot.

Snake Plant

Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

A large, fast growing plant tolerable of shady conditions

A fig tree native to Australia and Asia, with glossy drooping leaves, the Weeping Fig makes for an interesting visual, and a great way to clean the air of indoor toxins.

Weeping Fig leaves

Peace Lily

Cleans out the contaminants like benzene and other pollutants

Peace Lily

There are many varities of what is sometimes known as the “peace lily. It Spathiphyllum cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. It cleans best at one plant per 10 m². It actually lives best in shade and needs little light to live, while watering can be done around every week and a half.

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