Air-Purifying House Plants for the Home

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House Plant Therapy

Air Purifying Plants
Air Purifying Plants. Getty Images

Improve your well being by decorating your home with healing plants. Green plants can help set the mood for a more pleasing and relaxed atmosphere. Flowering plants offer color, bring cheer, and spark creativity. Aside from sprucing up the decor of your home or office house some plants serve as natural air purifiers and oxygen generators. 

An old wives tale I was told once by a co-worker years ago was to never say thank you when given a plant as a gift or else the plant will shrivel up and die. Don't say thank if you believe this, but do be grateful for the therapeutic and air-filtering qualities of your house plants.

Typical types of toxins that need clearing include:

formaldehyde: found in wood products (plywood, particle board), glues, fabrics (furniture, carpeting), paint, insulation, cleaning products, and more. 

benzene: found in plastics, synthetic fibers, nylon, dyes, lubricants, rubber, pesticides, and more.

trichloroethylene: found in paint removers, carpet cleansers, adhesives, and more.

Choose a few green healers from this list of air purifying plants: 

  • Philodendron
  • Peace Lily
  • Aloe Vera
  • Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law's Tongue)
  • Spider Plant
  • Boston Fern
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Weeping Fig
  • English Ivy
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Rubber Plant
  • Lucky Bamboo
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English Ivy as an Air-Purifying House Plant

English Ivy
English Ivy. Matthew Ward / Getty Images

English Ivy
Hedera helix 

Filters: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene 
Reduces: carbon monoxide

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Spider Plant as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Potted Spider Plant
Spider Plant. Lynne Brotchie / Getty Images

Spider Plant
Chlorophytum comosum

Filters: formaldehyde, benzene, xylene
Reduces: Carbon Monoxide

Tips for Growing Spider Plants

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Boston Fern as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Boston Fern
Boston Fern. Pamela Moore / Getty Images

Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata

Filters: formaldehyde

Tips for Growing Boston Fern

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Snake Plant as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Varigated Snake Plant
Varigated Snake Plant. DAJ / Getty Images

Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law's Tongue)
Sansevieria trifasciata

Filters:  formaldehyde and benzene
Reduces: carbon dioxide

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Peace Lily as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Peace Lily
Peace Lily. GavinD / Getty Images

Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum  

Filters: benzene, acetone

Tips for Growing Peace Lilies

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Bamboo Palm as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Bamboo Palm
Bamboo Palm. DEA/G.CIGOLINI / Bamboo

Bamboo Palm
Chamaedorea seifrizil

Filters: formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene

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Gerbera Daisy as an Air-Purifying House Plant

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Gerbera Daisy. Kristin Lee / Getty Images

Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera jamesonii

Filters: trichloroethylene

Growing Tips for Gerber Daises

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Aloe Vera as an Air-Purifying House Plant

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Aloe Veraa. Claire Gibbs / Getty Images

Aloe Plant
Aloe vera

Filters: formaldehyde and benzene

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Philodendron as an Air-Purifying House Plant

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Philodrendron. Alex Cao / Getty Images

Heart-Shaped Philodendron
Philodendron oxycardium

Filters: formaldehyde

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Chrysanthemums as Air-Purifying House Plants

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Red Chrysanthemums. Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

Chrysanthemums
Chrysantheium morifolium 

Filters: trichloroethylene and benzene

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Weeping Fig as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Weeping Fig
Weeping Fig. Sian Irvine / Getty Images

Weeping Fig
Ficus benjamina

Filters: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

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Rubber Tree as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Rubber plant growing toward window
Air Purifying House Plant: Rubber Plant. Sharon White / Getty Images

Rubber Tree 
Ficus elastica

Filters: carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and more

Care instructions for caring for Ficus elastica indoors

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Lucky Bamboo as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo. Purestock / Getty Images

Lucky Bamboo
Dracaena sanderiana

Filters: benzene, formaldehyde,and trichloroethylene


 

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Asparagus Fern as an Air-Purifying House Plant

Close-up of an Asparagus Fern plant (Asparagus plumosus)
Air Purifying Plant: Asparagus Fern. DEA/G.CIGOLINI / Getty Images

Asparagus Fern (aka Lace Fern)
Asparagus plumosus

Antibacterial properties, guards against bacteria and air-borne viruses.

How to Care for Your Asparagus House Plant