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Air-Purifying Plants That Can Clean Your Home’s Air

In 1989, NASA discovered that some plants could naturally cleanse the air of toxins that are harmful to our health. We have prepared a list of the best houseplants that work as natural air purifiers: add a few of these to your indoor garden, and the air quality of your home will start improving!

1. Crispy Wave

(Japanese Asplenium Nidus Fern)

Crispy Wave can transform CO2 into oxygen more effectively than most plants.

Moreover, it can remove harmful particles from the air such as formaldehyde.

Thanks to its hardiness, and adaptability, Crispy Wave can keep the air clean for a very long time, and outlive almost any other potted plant.

2. Hawaiian Palm

(Brighamia Insignis)

Brighamia insignis is the scientific name of the Hawaiian Palm, a rare and beautiful plant with cabbage-like leaves.

This palm is one of the rarest plants on the planet, with only seven specimens left in the wild, isolated on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.

Its magnificent bright green leaves make it a wonderful indoor plant, that can tolerate well the dryness of a home environment.

3. Spider Plant

(Chlorophytum Comosum)

The Spider plant is extremely easy to grow, and it's great for beginners.

There are two main types of spider plant: the plain green and the variegated. The variegated has a white stripe running down the center of the leaves.

Spider plants can reduce air pollution absorbing carbon monoxide.

4. Boston Fern

(Nephrolepis Exaltata)

This elegant and charming fern is a very popular indoor plant that works great as a humidifier.

It can help restore moisture in the air, perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and cold weather problems.

Also, Boston Fern is effective at removing formaldehyde.

5. Peace Lily


Peace Lily is great at removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Also, the moisture released by its beautiful white flowers can increase the humidity of your room, inhibiting microbes and reducing allergies.

6. Weeping Fig

(Ficus Benjamina)

Also known as Weeping Fig or Ficus tree, Ficus Benjamina is very effective at purifying the air in your home.

According to NASA's Clean Air Study, this plant can depurate the air from formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

7. Golden Pothos

(Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos is rated one of the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins.

This plant became extremely popular thanks to its low-light, low-humidity, and low-temperature tolerance, more than many other plants.

8. English Ivy

(Hedera Helix)

English Ivy is an excellent air-purifying plant, according to NASA.

It can remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene, and reduce particles of fecal matter and mold.

This plant likes to climb and needs only a little sunlight each day.

9. Areca Palm

(Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

The Areca palm is exceptionally effective at removing toxins.

It can remove toluene and xylene from the air like any other plant.

This palm also emits large amounts of water vapor - it will increase the humidity in your home, preventing the air from becoming too dry.

10. Rubber Plant

(Ficus robusta)

The Rubber Plant's large leaves can absorb chemicals and break them down, rendering them harmless.

This plant is particularly effective at removing formaldehyde from indoor air and converting carbon dioxide to breathable oxygen.

It can also eliminate bacteria and mold spores in the air.

11. Ficus Alii

(Ficus macleilandii “Alii”)

The Ficus Alii is effective at removing pollutants such as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and formaldehyde.

It grows easily indoors and can resist most insects.

12. Dracaena “Janet Craig”

(Dracaena Deremensis)

Rated as one of the best plants for removing trichloroethylene from the air, the Dracaena is also one of the easiest houseplants to grow.

This houseplant can clean the air by emitting high oxygen content and removing chemicals.

Dracaena is also known to regulate humidity and reduce dust in the house.

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