15 Air Purifying Plants to Remove Harmful Toxins

It’s possible to filter your indoor air with the right air purifying plants. The results are so proven that even NASA has concluded that the plants you choose for you home make a difference. Here are some of the best plants that will go to work making your indoor environment cleaner.

Detoxify your indoor air with these air purifying houseplants…

1. Peace Lily

peace lilyOne popular choice for an indoor houseplant is a Peace Lily. It’s a pretty plant even when it’s not blooming, and its flowers are pure white and can be very stunning against the dark green leaves.

Peace lilies can help keep your air free of ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, making it one of the most comprehensive indoor plants you can choose.

Poor indoor air quality is a common problem, and taking the simple step of adding an indoor plant like this is one way to clean it up.

Caring for it: Peace Lilies seem like they’re designed for indoor living, and can thrive without consistent watering and little sunlight. You’ll want to keep the soil moist, but not to the point of overwatering. It may sound counterintuitive but to encourage flower blooming you may need to move it away from sunlight.

2. Rubber Plant

rubber plantAn ant may need high hopes to lift a rubber tree plant, and with the larger ones you may want to enlist the help of a friend to move it to a new location, but it’s worth the effort.

There are many different subspecies of rubber plant, and each one will have similar benefits, so you can choose the one that looks best to you. The oxygen output of a rubber plant is higher than most other indoor plants, allowing it to purify more air in less time.

Caring for it: Keep your rubber plant near a window, as it likes light just not necessarily direct light. Use a high quality soil, and water it only occasionally.

3. Bamboo Palm

This is one of the best plants to have in your home thanks to its ability to remove toxins like benzene and trichloroethylene. They can get pretty big if you keep repotting them, so they can fill up some unused space in your home as well.

You’ll want to have a Bamboo Palm in your home if you live in a climate with harsh winters. It will help to restore some of the moisture that tends to dry up thanks to indoor heating units. They’re also good at removing formaldehyde, which could be making you sick.

Caring for it: Put your Bamboo Palm in a location that gets some sunshine, but mostly is shady. Keep the soil moist, but be careful not to overwater it.

4. Chinese Evergreens

One way to get rid of benzene and formaldehyde in your home is to purchase a Chinese Evergreen plant. They are thought to bring good luck and were used as decoration in Asian countries long before they made it west.

chinese evergreen air purifier

The longer you keep your Chinese Evergreen in your home, the better it will do at removing indoor toxins. That’s incentive enough to keep this plant as long as possible, and when they’re this easy to care for it’s not too hard to do.

Caring for it: These plants don’t need a lot of light in order to do just fine, which is another reason why they’re a good candidate for indoor use. In fact, you’ll want to keep them out of direct sunlight. They only need an occasional watering when you notice their soil has become dry.

5. Broadleaf Lady Palm

You’ll want to make sure you have enough room for this plant, as it can grow very tall, but will take several years to reach its full height. This is a plant that has been cultivated for indoor use, and is relatively easy to take care of.


While it didn’t show an ability to filter out benzene or trichlorethylene, Broadleaf Lady Palm did prove to be effective at soaking up formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.

Caring for it: This is one plant that will thrive pretty much anywhere you put it, but seems to do best near a window where it can get indirect light. Keep the soil moist, and when you water it make sure you give it enough water so that all of the roots can have a drink.

6. Spider Plant

spider plantSpider plants are a very popular choice for an indoor plant, and their popularity only grew when studies confirmed just how good it is at freshening indoor air. They excel at removing formaldehyde, as well as xylene and toluene from the home or office.

Spider plants get along just fine indoors, and their easy care means you’ll have a large margin for error, making them a good choice if you this will be one of your first indoor plants.

Caring for it: Spider plants are relatively easy to take care of, the main thing you’ll want to take concern with is potting and repotting them. You’ll want to repot them each spring to insure they have room to grow for the following year.

7. Creeping Lilyturf

Despite the somewhat unattractive name, Creeping Lilyturf is an evergreen plant that will look great in your home all year long, while protecting you from indoor contaminants such as formaldehyde and ammonia.

Although you’ll often see this used as an outdoor plant, it thrives indoors as well and doesn’t require much in the way of upkeep. It has a sprawling nature, hence the name, and can require a big berth, often growing wider than it is tall. It produces lavender-colored flowers that will brighten your day in the summer and fall.

Caring for it: Keep your Creeping Lily Turf in a spot that gets a mix of sun and shade, and water it weekly unless it’s really hot outside, which will require more frequent waterings.

Users Comments:

  • Drake

    That photo you have is a different kind of lilly, it is not a peace lilly in the picture.

  • Terri

    I agree with Drake, I think it is an ornamental lily. A peace lily has a flat appearance with a extended stamen, (yellow) protruding from the top of the stem. These can also be found in red and pink. Regards.

  • Birt

    It’s an Easter lily. Likely same benefit tho.
    And Lady Palms can get big but they grow quite slow but are super duper expensive.

  • ClearHomeAir

    Will charcoal work the same? I mean, if I bought some charcoal somewhere else and put it in a bag? These are just awfully expensive … Do you know what I would have to look for to make my own?


    Great list! I think having an air purifying plant in your home is such a great idea. Not only do you get health benefits, but it’s aesthetically pleasing as well. Thanks for sharing!

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