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Plants That Purify the Air Indoors

November 08, 2019

We spend most of our time each day indoors, whether that’s at work, running errands, going to the gym, or just hanging out at home. While we take time to make sure our home or apartment is clean and clutter-free, there are dust particles, chemicals, and other toxins in the air that can not only be impacting the smell or state of your home but can also be impacting your health. There are many things that can impact the indoor air quality, but one of the best ways to purify that air is by introducing indoor plants into your space. Many indoor plants help to convert the carbon dioxide that we inhale into fresh and clean oxygen and remove toxins from the air. Not only can they make your space look nicer, adding some color and easy decor, they will also help to clean and purify the air you breathe in daily.

There are a wide variety of indoor plants that can help clean the air in your home, but not every plant will provide the same kind of benefits. Some of the most toxic chemicals found in peoples homes are Formaldehyde, which can cause irritation to nose, mouth, and throat, Benzane, which can cause irritation to eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, increase in heart rate, headaches, and confusion, and Trichlorothylene, which can cause dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Additionally, excessive moisture, tobacco smoke, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) (paints, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, air fresheners, hobby supplies), and radon can all release toxic chemicals into the air in your home, many times without you even noticing.

One of the most natural and easiest ways to purify the air inside your home is to introduce plants that can help remove any toxins in the air. Plants with larger leaves help to purify the air quicker and it’s best to have multiple throughout your home for the best results. Here are some plants that can help to purify the air indoors.

  • Spider plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Areca palm
  • Weeping Fig Tree
  • Snake Plant
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Broadleaf Lady Palm
  • Red-Edged Dracaena
  • English Ivy


Many of these plants are also very tolerant and can withstand many different environments, making it pretty difficult to kill them. Most of the plants listed above are great for the aesthetic in your home, while purifying the air you and your family breathe in daily and are also very low maintenance.


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