Gallery: 7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

 

Philodendrons

Philodendrons are easy to care for houseplants that need very little attention. Their unique coloring makes them an attractive addition to your home and they're known to ride the air of xylene, a toxin that's found in many glues and leathers.

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids

Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our recent trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids actually love to be neglected and most people end up killing their orchids with kindness (too much water and sunlight). Aside from being easy to take care of, orchids rid the air of xylene, a pollutant found in many glues and paints so they make wonderful housewarming gifts for anyone who recently moved into or renovated a new space. Unlike some other plants, orchids also respire and give off oxygen at night – so they’re great for the bedroom.

Palms

The palm family of plants, also known as Arecaceae or Palmae, is extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. These hardy houseplants are easy to grow and are a way to lift people’s spirits and distract from otherwise drab surroundings, and are also known to be natural air purifiers. Palms specifically target and remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide (which is especially helpful if someone in your household smokes cigarettes).

Peace Lilies

The peace lily, a.k.a. spathiphyllum is an ideal plant to have in your home if you love flowers but don’t want to buy bouquets that die after a few days. Spathiphyllum thrives in the shade in temperatures below 55 degrees and removes harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene.

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14 Comments

  1. jorgeroger July 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hey can you suggest something colorful, I want to decorate my house and surprise my wife, if you could help me out thank you.

  2. Rachana Bhargaw May 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    tulsi
    (indian) is the most powerful antitoxic n it emmits O3 at sunrise!!
    it deservers a place (1st place) in the list.

  3. Matthew Corran April 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    By chance, does anyone know of a place online where I could purchase any of these plants? Bizarre question, I know; however I live in a very rural area of the country.

  4. vivegha August 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    i have a doubt that these indoor planatations will emit Co2 in nights and it may harmful to our health

  5. greg ory allen loftus August 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

    cool what about s[pider planyts I have a house full of these?

  6. Lisa Eldred Steinkopf August 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This is a great article, but using a picture of a silk anthurium was really in poor taste. We are talking about living plants taking the harmful VOC’s out of the air, so let’s use pictures of REAL plants.

  7. chandu July 29, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Good article

  8. cj.wijtmans@gmail.com June 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    how to keep plants without fertilizer?

  9. ijoasri October 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    thank your for this information

  10. suparnaa August 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It will be very useful ,if some knowledgeable person puts tips for regular maintenance of these plants.

  11. annatom June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    wonderful!!!

  12. Melissa M. March 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    @caeman – Most plants are toxic and can cause a reactions ranging from mild all the way to death. Pet owners need to be aware that the best place for a plant is where the animal can’t get to it. So where do I have my gazillion plants? I place them on stereo speakers, high plant shelves where there is no room for the cat to jump and furnishings in the house like small side tables and the top of hutches. Cat safe plants are catnip and grass grown especially for cats.

  13. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda March 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hi caeman. I actually don’t know off the top of my head but let me find out for you.

  14. caeman March 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Which of these plants are cat-safe?

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