7 Houseplants to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

It’s no secret that placing a few houseplants around your home can improve air quality.  You may not know which plants are best, or what toxins they help filter out.  There are so many beneficial plants that greatly improve the air quality in your home, but we narrowed it down to the 7 most common (and easiest to care for) plants.

You may not even be aware of some of the toxins that are constantly circulating throughout your house, and aside from having your windows constantly open (or buying expensive air filtration systems) common houseplants are surprisingly effective at creating better air quality for you and your family.

Some of the household chemicals we casually use on a daily basis end up in our ambient air and may effect your health.  Beautify your house while filtering out some dangerous toxins with a few of the following plants:

1.  Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)


Air quality benefits

Helps in the removal of xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

Growing care

The dracaena is in the evergreen family, and can grow 8-15 ft high and 3-8 ft wide.  It requires watering once or twice a week, and can grow in either shade or sun.

2.  Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)


Air quality benefits

The gerber daisy has been known to successfully help remove the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (a common chemical used in dry cleaning), as well help clear the air of benzene

Growing care

Requires lots of sunlight and occasional watering (enough to keep the soil evenly moist).


3.  Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)

golden pothos

Air quality benefits

The golden pothos (also known as “the devil’s ivy”)Helps clear the air of formaldehyde and other toxins.

Growing care

A very durable plant that will stay green even when exposed to very little light.  The golden phothos prefers a warm location, as the leaves will wilt if it gets too cold.  Water frequently enough to maintain moist soil.


4.  Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)


Air quality benefits

Helps filter out:

Growing care

Very easy to maintain houseplant.  Requires medium sunlight and moderate watering.  Make sure the soil has dried out before waterings.


5.  Aloe (Aloe vera)


Air quality benefits

Helps remove formaldehyde and benzene (byproduct of some cleaning products and paints) from the air

Growing care

Easy to grow.  Requires very little watering…just need a sunny spot near a window.

Other Benefits

The gel inside can be used to soothe burns and superficial scratches/cuts.


6.  Snake Plant (Sanseviera trifasciata laurentii)


Air quality benefits

The snake plant (often referred to as “mother-in-law’s tongue) is known to aide in the removal of formaldehyde from the air

Growing care

Easy.  This plant typically does not require a lot of sunlight, but does prefer humid and steamy environments (bathroom).


7.  Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)


Air quality benefits

Known to help reduce the levels of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene in your indoor air.

Growing care

Sometimes known as “the plant that doesn’t like change”, this ficus prefers bright indirect light.  Once it has adapted to it’s new location, try not to move it, as changing it’s conditions will cause it stress and cause it to shed leaves.  It also requires fairly heavy watering with long enough breaks between to dry out the soil.


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