Houseplants Add a Fresh Aesthetic to The Home, and  Fresh Air Too.

In The Clean Air Study, NASA looked into plants that could help purify the air of your home, and they found quite a few. This is great news, considering airborne toxins run rampant in pretty much everyone’s living quarters. The toxins mostly come from household cleaning products and general air pollution. Certain houseplants can help clean the air, so the next time you’re looking to add some green to your home, keep your eye out for these eight air-purifying options.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are good at ridding the air in your home of carbon monoxide and the solvent xylene. They are also extremely easy to grow and maintain, so those who are just beginning in the world or houseplants or don’t have a green thumb, the spider plant is for you.

Because of their easy care, spider plants are the most popular trailing houseplants out there. They can survive some of the worst plant owners, though if you do put in the time to care for them, they can grow into beautiful green additions to your home.

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Lots of indirect sunlight and minimal water plus misting are great for spider plants and can eventually lead to the growth of flowers. Those flowers then turn into “spiderettes” that can be repotted so you can fill your house with a whole family of spider plants. Another great thing about the spider plant is that it is non-toxic to animals.

English Ivy

Put English Ivy is your bathroom, as it is especially talented at cleaning the air of fecal particles that remain in the air as well as mold.

Another easy-to-grow, air-purifying houseplant is English Ivy. Put English Ivy is your bathroom, as it is especially talented at cleaning the air of fecal particles that remain in the air as well as mold. A perennial that grows into long vines, if you take good care of English Ivy, those vines will never stop growing.

In terms of care, English Ivy should be given plenty of water and about four hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and air-purifying opportunity. The rest of the time, these vines like to be in the shade. Also, make sure they’re in a pot that allows the soil to drain well.

A great idea would be to keep them hanging so the vines hang off the sides of the pot and don’t end up invading your space. Also, since it is toxic to animals, it’s best to keep English Ivy out of their reach.

Snake Plant

The snake plant, also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, expels oxygen into the night air, so if you keep it by your bed, your breathing will be all the better while you’re sleeping. Snake plants also purify the air of xylene, formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene, so you can feel extra good about having this interesting looking plant in your home — aside from its clear aesthetic addition.

Snake plants have tall, stiff, upright leaves and are extremely hard to kill. Because of their resilience, they have become quite the popular houseplant. While they like conditions of indirect sunlight the most, they will tolerate direct sunlight or almost none at all. Snake plants also do not require much watering. It’s best to let them completely dry out before watering them again, as it will keep their roots from rotting.


Dracaenas are also pretty easy to take care of, meaning a reasonably diligent plant owner will have no problem.

Dracaena plants have over 40 varieties to choose from, and most of them have unique looks that will add an interesting flair to your home. They’re best at cleaning the air of trichloroethylene and xylene. Dracaenas are also pretty easy to take care of, meaning a reasonably diligent plant owner will have no problem.

If you give a dracaena a big enough pot and plenty of sunlight, it can grow up to around eight feet tall. Instead of watering them, these lovely plants with their spike-looking leaves prefer being misted. Be aware that any variety of dracaena is toxic to dogs and cats, so if you have pets that like to chew on plants, you might want to steer clear of this one.

Peace Lily

Peace Lilies might be small, but despite their size, they are one of the best air-purifying houseplants, according to NASA’s study. This tropical houseplant can neutralize toxins in the air, including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. The Peace Lily is normally green, though when it flowers its beautiful white flowers, you won’t be disappointed by how it decorates a room.

Give a Peace Lily a nice shady spot with only indirect sunlight and never lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and it will be happy. Its leaves will start to turn yellow with too much sunlight. Also, you’ll easily be able to tell when a Peace Lily needs water because its leaves quickly become droopy. When you do water, give it plenty and make sure no standing water is left in the pot after draining.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants have tons of health benefits. First of all, they clean the air of benzene and formaldehyde. Next, as most people know, Aloe vera is medicinal. Inside their succulent leaves is a clear antibacterial healing juice that has tons of vitamins and enzymes. All you have to do is break a leaf and apply the liquid inside directly to your skin’s burns and cuts.

Aloe vera can live for months without being watered.

Aloe plants are extremely easy to take care of. Place them in the window, because they sure do love sunlight. That being said, too much hot sun will eventually scorch the leaves. Also, they don’t need much water at all. Aloe vera can live for months without being watered. If it’s the rainy season, don’t water them at all, as they absorb water from the air.

Broad Lady Palm

Not many houseplants can purify the air of ammonia, which is often found in cleaning products, but the broad lady palm can. They’re not the cheapest plant to buy full-grown, nor the easiest plant to take care of, but their good looks and health benefits make up for it. If you don’t want to fork out the cash for a large broad lady palm, you can always start with a smaller one and let it grow to full-size in your home.

Broad lady palms love humidity, so if you don’t live in a naturally humid environment, make sure to mist them often. Maybe even keep them in the bathroom, the most humid room in the house. While they do like a moist environment, if standing water is left in the pot, it can easily cause their roots to rot.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns can remove more formaldehyde from the air than pretty much any other plant.

One of the most popular ferns, the Boston fern is a great houseplant, not only for its attractive long fronds but its ability to purify the air in your home. Boston ferns can remove more formaldehyde from the air than pretty much any other plant. Plus, they are quite a bit easier to take care of than most ferns.

Unlike most ferns, Boston ferns have a decently high tolerance for light. Still, they prefer primarily indirect light and shade. Also, they can tolerate fairly dry conditions, but again, they do prefer to stay moist, both in their dirt and on their leaves. Water them often, and mist them often too.

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