Household plants can improve indoor air quality.  People lined their windowsills in growing numbers with greenery after NASA published a series of research dating back to the early 1980s, saying that indoor plants could purify the air. Sadly, a little wishful thinking seems to have been going on back then.

Researchers now claim that you would need 680 plants in a 1,500-square-foot home for the leaves to fight toxins. Indoor plants have other health and air boosting benefits that you don’t need to build a jungle wall-to-wall to enjoy.

Even a small quantity of foliage could improve the quality of indoor air.

Because Americans spend most of their time indoors, a top priority should be good air quality. So why not add to your living room a few easy-care plants?

The following 10 plants help remove pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon monoxide.

English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

English Ivy

English Ivy Photo Credit Costa Farms

The classic, elegant, English ivy is lovely as a ground cover or as a house plant, which is ideal for removing dangerous chemicals from the house. It can grow in complete shade to full sun, it can be formed, and it will likely survive several years with the proper care.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm Photo Credit Stevens Plant Care

Because of its preference for the proportion of sun and shade, the bamboo tree or red palm produces a large house plantation, which also helps remove harmful components such as benzene and formaldehyde.  Palm trees thrive away from cold drafts in pleasant amounts of light. They can bring plenty of greenery to your space and reach 12 meters high but are growing slowly. Keep your bamboo palm in a larger container at least three years before re-potting.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Modestum)

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen Photo Credit Linda’s Flowers

The Chinese evergreen is a healthy plant with low to medium-light conditions. It usually reaches 1 or 2 feet. While it helps keep the Chinese evergreen atmosphere safe, it is essential to remember that an irritant is present in the Chinese evergreen that can be poisonous to animals.

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy Photo Credit Cascade Floral Wholesale

This famous annual is helpful when placed indoors to remove the gasoline and to improve the mood of the house. Be aware, however, that Gerbera daisy is best in warm temperatures at or above 75 degrees F.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree Photo Credit The Tree Center

A beautiful office plant, the Dragon Tree would be a great complement both indoors and outdoors with a green to purple leaf color. It would also fit in perfectly in the office because it can withstand low light.  The Dragon tree is among the best for removing trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (SansevieriaTrifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

Mother-in-Law Tongue

Mother-in-Law Tongue Photo Credit Hirt’s Garden

A sturdy and succulent mother-in-law tongue is a good home plan for beginners and is capable of surviving under certain harshest conditions, including a broad range of light and temperatures. Be cautious, however, not to over water or not to water at all.

Mum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)


Mum Photo Credit NC Cooperative Extension

Not just for memorials, Mums have lovely flowers, which are accessible and inexpensive in garden shops in the spring. These perennials are also suitable for interaction with plants because they sometimes take a deadhead (the pinch of spent flowers).  Display it in a cool place under the sun for 10 hours. These plants are toxic to animals if consumed, so keep it out of reach. You can plant it outside in spring when the risk of frost goes away.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)

Peace Lily

Peace Lily Photo Credit Mark and Spencer

One of the best plants to combat poisonous substances is the Peace lily.  Known for their ability to battle formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, are relatively simple plants that handle and even show indications of dropping when need to be watered. This plant may be slightly poisonous to animals and people, so after touching the plant, it is essential to clean your hands.

Spider Plant (ChlorophytumComosum ‘Vittatum’)

Spider Plant

Spider Plant Photo Credit Gardening Know How

The spider plant is one of the simplest air-purifying indoor plants for beginners or forgetful owners to grow. Spider plants fans of light, indirect sunlight shoot with flowers that ultimately develop into baby spider plants.  The child plants can be placed in their pot while still connected to their mother plant. Then once they are rooted, you snip them off. Please give the plant to your friends, or increase your collection of plant life.

Dracaena (Fragrans ‘Massangeana’)


Dracaena Photo Credit Jordan’s Jungle

A common species, Dracaena is known for their beautiful foliage, which varies from green to yellow and has proven to prevent formaldehyde. It looks fantastic in the shape of tree but can also be cultivated as shrubs.

Whatever your choice of house plant is one of these plants will help indoor air quality.

Linda Rawson, is the Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, inventor of WeatherEgg, and the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

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