We spend most of our time indoors, either at home or at our workplace therefore we hope you realise the importance of our air quality. I am sure you have not yet realised how many toxic compounds are emitted daily by our furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products, like formaldehyde. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria, and moulds, as the pollution in the outdoor air especially the one emitted by cars, finds its way into buildings. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) did a Clean Air Study wherein they came up with a list of some easily available and highly effective plants which common people like you and me can buy. Let's take a look.

Garden Mum

garden mum

This plant as per the study is an air-purifying champion. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. It is inexpensive and easily available. People plant them outside when they are done blooming inside. 

Spider Plant

spider plant air cleaning plant

These plants are the easiest to grow and make an ideal choice for people who often forget to water the plants. Spider plants love indirect sunlight and they send out shoots with flowers that grow into baby spider plants. The toxins they remove are formaldehyde and xylene.


dracena air purifying

Did you know that there are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, which can easily fit into the corners of your home and office? Dracaena plants have long, wide leaves with lines of white, cream, or red. The only catch here is, that if you have pets, look for some other plant as these are toxic for them. The good thing is that these plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

Ficus/Weeping Fig

This one is a tree but when it grows indoors, it's a plant that ends up being between two and 10 feet tall. This one is a low-maintenance houseplant in bright, indirect light and it allows the soil to dry out between waterings. What is interesting is that this plant can also be taken outside in late spring and brought back indoors when it is freezing outside. The pollutants that it helps get rid of include benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Peace Lily

These plants are relatively small but they have some major air-cleaning abilities. They are easy to grow, but the only catch is that the flowers it will have in summer will be contributing some pollen and floral scents in the air. So what we recommend is that you put these lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering. The pollutants it removes include ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Boston Fern

boston fern clean air plants

These plants prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. These are easy to grow but here the issue is that they need to stay moist. You will have to check the water content every day and soak it properly, lavishly at least once a month. The toxins it removes include formaldehyde and xylene.

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Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

snake plant

This one is the best! It does not even need water on a daily basis and it prefers drier conditions and some sun. Get rid of all the benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene in the air in your abode or office.

Aloe Vera

This one is easy to care, has so many uses for health and beauty, is rather inexpensive and has a lot of wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It gets rid of formaldehyde easily. 

Get these for yourself, buy these as gifts for your friends or colleagues and live a healthier life but starting with clean air to breathe in. You get them everywhere, in every nursery. If not then ask your friends who have them and get a cutting. How much time does that take? Go ahead, do it now! Even NASA has put the word out, so what are you waiting for?