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Indoor Plants that Help to Clean the Air inside your Home Naturally

Updated on November 15, 2017

The air inside your home can contain harmful pollutants that affect the body system and are the cause of many ailments. The pollutants inside your home can be from furniture, paint, printers or paraffin wax candles.

Indoor plants have the ability to remove harmful pollutants and clean the air in your home naturally.

Sources of Pollutants inside Your Home

  1. Paraffin wax candles emit chemicals that can damage the liver, nervous system and cause leukaemia. Constant exposure to these chemicals can cause damage to the lungs and tissues of the heart.
  2. Printers emit micro particles from cartridges. These micro particles can easily enter the lungs and irritate and inflame the lungs.
  3. Furniture made out of fiber wood or pressed wood emit formaldehyde that can trigger allergy, asthma and nausea.
  4. Smoke from cigarettes pollutes the surrounding air with harmful chemicals.
  5. Homes that are located near gas stations are most likely to have air indoors contaminated with benzene. Benzene can cause coughing, wheezing, nausea, watery eyes or dizziness. The air inside your home can also contain benzene if you have bought newly painted items or items that are glued together.
  6. Methanol is present in paint strippers, aerosol spray paints, wall paints and wind shield wiper fluids. It can also mix with air from water or soil that is contaminated with methanol. Inhaling methanol can cause headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems or breathing problems.
  7. Xylene is mainly used as a solvent in printing, rubber and leather industries. Xylene is one of the components of cleaning agents, it is also used as a thinner for paints and in varnishes. Xylene is used in small amounts in the manufacture of plastics, chemical and synthetic fibers. Xylene is also found in small amounts in airplane fuels and gasoline. Xylene evaporates easily and pollutes the surrounding air.

Short term exposure to Xylene can cause difficulty in breathing, wheezing, asthma, throat irritation and stomach problems.



Dendrobium is a tropical orchid that is easy to grow at home. They are great for indoor decorations and their blooms last for about 8 -10 weeks. They are also great as cut flowers because of their sturdy stems.

The Dendrobium Orchid removes a harmful chemical called xylene from the surrounding air in your home. Xylene is present in glues used in furniture and paint on the walls. People who are moving into new homes will benefit greatly from the Dendrobium Orchid.

Peace Lilies
Peace Lilies | Source

Peace Lilies

Peace Lilies are great indoor plants that thrive in low light conditions. They can stand cold temperatures even below 55 degrees centigrade.

Peace Lilies remove harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene and xylene from the surrounding air in your home.

Peace Lilies can also be used for decorating your home.

Anthuriums | Source


Anthuriums are very exotic looking plants that have large leaves. They are great as indoor plants and grow well in low light conditions. They remove ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the surrounding air in your home. Anthuriums are also great for decorating your indoor space.

Schefflera | Source


Schefflera has glossy looking leathery oval leaves with a waxy shine. A mature Schefflera plant will have six to twelve leaves cascading down from a single stalk.

They are sturdy plants that last for a long time. They are great as indoor plants for decorating your home. These plants remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and toluene. They also remove toxins released into the surrounding air by cigarettes.


Pothos Plant

Pothos plant has golden greenish yellow heart shaped leaves. They can survive in low light conditions and cold temperatures. They remove carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the surrounding air.

Ferns | Source


Ferns are plants that remove pollutants like toluene and xylene that are found in many paints and glues. They have soft feathery leaves and large fronds. Ferns grow well indoors and look great as decorative plants.

Red Edged Dracena
Red Edged Dracena | Source

Red Edged Dracena

Red Edged Dracena is a fast growing shrub. The leaves of this plant have red edges and look very colorful. This plant adds color to your living room and is great for decorating your home.

The Red Edged Dracena can survive with very little water but needs bright light. Keep this plant near the window sill or in a place where there is lots of light entering your home. The Red Edged Dracena removes pollutants like xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde that can enter your home through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.

Bamboo Palm
Bamboo Palm | Source

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm is also known as the reed palm. This palm grows easily in shady indoor spaces and produces small flowers and berries. The Bamboo Palm filters out benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.


Among all the plants mentioned which one do you like the most for your home?

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      Nithya Venkat 10 months ago from Dubai

      Lady_E thank you for your visit and comment.

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      Elena 10 months ago from London, UK

      Thanks. I love the Peace lilies. Good idea for 2017.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Thelma Alberts thank you and Happy Easter Monday to you too!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      That is great to know about those air purifying plants inside the house. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter Monday!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Arachnea thank you, ferns are great!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      This was interesting to know. I'll have to add a few more of the ones mentioned to what I already have. Ferns are my faves though.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      DDE indoor plants are beautiful and useful, thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Indoor plants are beautiful and most helpful to us your ideas are great.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      rebeccamealey thank you and yes pollutants are really scary.

      cclitgirl thank you for the stopping by and the share. There are so many more pollutants that we do not know of.

      thumbi7 thank you, Peace Lilies are beautiful. Thank you for the pin.

      tillsontitan thank you for stopping by. Thanks for the many votes.

      VVanNess sad that your cat eats up anything, I hope you do figure a way to grow your plants. Thank you for stopping by.

      Crystal Tatum thank you for reading and the pin. You can grow other indoor plants that you are not allergic to.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful information here, although I must say, a peace lily only causes me sinus problems. Pinning this one for future reference.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh! I love this! I wish we could have more plants around the house, but we have a cat that loves to eat any that we bring into our home. lol Great article! Maybe I can figure out how to have some of these beauties in my home!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I am known as the plant killer when it comes to indoor plants! I have one, lonely Christmas cactus that has somehow survived for four years.

      Thanks for sharing all the benefits and very informative pictures as well.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      I have few indoor plants . I want to plant more.

      Peace lilies are wonderful

      Sharing this in pinterest

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I am SO glad to say that I have quite a few of these plants on this list. Right on!! I never thought about candles polluting the indoor air in the home, nor did I think about printer cartridges. Very interesting. Sharing this.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A great collection of house plants, and the pollutant info is very interesting and scary! Thanks. I am glad I don't live near a gas station!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Laura Schneider thank you for your appreciation and I hope my hub is of help to you. Thanks for the vote too.

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      Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      This is cool! I'm terrible at indoor gardening, but I keep trying to keep things alive! I'm sitting in the "detox shade" of my spider plants, which have been real troopers for me and are on NASA's list of plants that are good for detoxing indoor air. Thanks much for including your references--that's very professional and very much appreciated as I will check them out, too. It makes your hub not good but outstanding and professional! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared...

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      teaches1345 thank you for stopping by. Peace Lilies look so beautiful and great to have at home.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have a Peace Lilly and huge fern around my home and am so glad to hear how beneficial they are in purifying the air. It is such a benefit to one's health to have them in the home. Great article!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      agusfanani thank you for sharing this information.

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      agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Just for additional information, I heard that Sansevieria plant is also good for air purification . Thank you for sharing .

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley plants are great to have indoors and they clean the air that we breathe. Thank you for your visit.

      rajan jolly thank you, yes we do need more plants to get rid of atmospheric pollution.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative hub. Thanks for sharing. We need to plant more plants to get rid of the increasing atmospheric pollution.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know this is true and I have my house full of plants! I just move them outdoors in the spring. Some in the shade and shelter that don't need a lot of sun or rain but it is so nice having them indoors in winter to keep things cheered up. Great article! ^