Gallery: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally



Schefflera are easily recognizable because they have glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine. They're really hardy and long-lasting so they make great investment plants as long as you keep the leaves dust-free and wipe them down once in a while. In addition to looking great, they're also known to soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and toluene so, like palms, they're good for households where there's a smoker.

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  1. monique lemaire March 24, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Are they not toxic for Cats or Dogs?

  2. monique lemaire March 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm


    I have a cat in the house, and she likes sometimes to check on the plant and bite on one leaf.
    Which plant is the best for people who have Pets?
    Thank you for your answer on this issue.

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  4. Ness Alingasa March 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    thank you so much for the information i read here about how useful plants are. I love plants especially indoor plants. but i don’t have any idea that indoor plants have different abilities to clean up different toxic substances. Not until i have browse this page that i found many useful tips in growing indoor plants at home. Like the snake plants i have plenty in my garden! but since they’re already over crowded in my little garden i pulled them out and have thrown them away! but good thing that i have save two in the flower pots which i have planted for indoors! eversince i loved to put indoor plants in my sala,in my kitchen, dining area and even in my bathroom! I really love plants because it soothes my spirit and bring much joy and happiness in my eyes!

  5. Craig Schaffer February 26, 2015 at 2:45 am


  6. sanika January 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I love my plants, these tips will definitely come in handy.

  7. Natasha Stephen January 20, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Different plants have different abilities to clean up different toxic substances. The indoor air quality of your house is essential to your health. With these houseplants, you can filter the air without dumping large sums of money into electronic air screens

    Natasha from

  8. Brenda Vieira November 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Good information. Love plants . I like to start them small an challenge my self to grow them . You do need to fertilize your plants once a week or every other . The thing of plants let them dry out before watering them again . If you keep them wet it will rot your roots an die . Spray the leaves instead of watering the soil . It helps the plant to breath .

  9. kata September 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Plants are lovely. Plants are shown to improve mood and calm. However, If someone in a household smokes,a plant is not enough to help. The smoking must stop completely. If they go outside, they harm the neighbors.
    NASA data is inconclusive about air cleaning in a real world environment.

  10. Medi September 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

    What is the best manure f0r indoor plants?

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

    Good article

  18. June 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    how to keep plants without fertilizer?

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

    thank your for this information

  20. 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.

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


  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

    Which of these plants are cat-safe?

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