When it comes to purifying of the air, plants are the best way to cleanse the air and remove major part of the pollutants that are detrimental for the human health.

Even though there are numerous devices that are specially created to purify the air, the commercially graded air purifiers or air cleaners are expensive and not all people can afford it.

Houseplants are safer and cheaper way to purify the air in your house or apartment. But, why are plants so good? Experts explain that houseplants have the ability to absorb the chemicals and pollutants found in the air. It is interesting to mention that scientists from NASA have been studying how the houseplants cleanse the air on space stations and after years of researching they concluded that certain plants have the ability to remove even 82% of the pollutants in the air within 24 hours. We must agree that these results are impressive.

Below you can read which plants are the best at purifying indoor air.

Important note: if you have pets at home, especially if you have dog or cat, you should be aware of the fact that some of these houseplants can be toxic to them. Therefore, make a research about the plant before you buy it.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a tropical plant that efficiently removes the potentially harmful chemicals found in most of the household cleaners. The best part is the fact that this plant is one of the easiest plants to grow and in same time you can use its pulp to soothe burns and small cuts.

English Ivy

English Ivy is a flowering plant and according to ranking by NASA, this plant is one of the best houseplants for cleaning the air. Namely, the English Ivy efficiently absorbs the formaldehyde in the air, chemical that is extremely dangerous for the human health. This plant is super easy to grow and it is advisable to grow it in a hanging basket in a corner. It is also important to mention that this plant is particularly beneficial for patients who suffer from allergies or asthma, but you need to be very cautious as its leaves are poisonous!

Areca Palm

Also known as golden cane palm, the Areca Palm is a flowering plant that is great for indoor air purification. Over time, this house plant grows larger and larger, so you will need more space, but don’t forget that its air purifying benefits will continue to increase. Isn’t that great?

Snake Plant

The flowering plant Sansevieria trifasciata also known as Snake Plant is interesting decoration for the interior, but offers numerous benefits, as well. It is interesting that this plant releases oxygen during the night, unlike most plats which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day.

Due to the fact that the snake plant can grow in shady or dim areas, it is perfect choice for your bedroom, as well.


Philodendron is a flowering plant that looks attractive, it is easy to grow and offers numerous health benefits. This houseplant is great choice for beginners.

Studies have proved that philodendron has the ability to absorb and if you take a good care for it, you can grow this plant for a lifetime!

Golden Pothos

Epipremnum aureum also known as Devil’s Ivy is an invasive plant and in very short period this plant overtakes the surrounding areas near where it is growing. It is extremely important to highlight that Devil’s Ivy is NOT a good choice for families with small children and even pets because it can be toxic. However, this houseplant is efficient air purifier and removes the air pollutants.


Dracaena marginata is one of the most beautiful houseplants. The glossy, thin, red edged leaves of the Marginata plant grow really slowly and you need to be patient with this plant. However, this plant is effective in removing the toxins from the air, but it is toxic to dogs.

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema also called Chinese Evergreen is tropical flowering plant that grows best when is water infrequently. This house plant is easy for maintaining and it is great in purifying the air.

Gerbera Daisy

This flowering plant definitely will liven up your home. This houseplant is great choice if you often use the dry cleaning because it efficiently removes the trichloroethylene that is found in dry cleaning!


Chrysanths are beautiful flowers and even though this plant “technically” is not a house plant, it can last up to 8 weeks indoors. It is advisable to keep this plant next to your window because it is very fond of sunlight. Scientific studies have proved that Chrysanthemum has the ability to absorb benzene that is contained in many cleaners, detergents and plastic products.