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Home Air Filtration with Houseplants

Updated on December 30, 2010

Improve Your Air Quality: Indoor House Plants to Clean and Filter the Air in your Home or Office

You don't even need a green thumb to get the benefits from these easy to grow plants! Most of these plants are shade loving varieties that will flourish in your home or office and filter the contaminants/pollutants out of the air. Closed in spaces without proper ventilation can be unhealthy, especially when new plastics, rugs, or VOCs (volatile organic compounds, like paint or new plastic) enter the mix. When windows aren't an option, plants can help clean the air quicker, resulting in a more healthy indoor environment. Read on for some recommended plants to grow indoors to filter and clean the air!

English Ivy

Fast growing, fast air cleaning plant

English Ivy is a very fast growing plant outside, and still grows quickly inside as well. Often this plant proliferates fast, and looks for places to attach its rootlets climbing vertically (though will spread horizontally as well). Very tolerant of low light conditions, this plant is often considered invasive in the wild of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The rate at which this plant grows will accelerate the improvement of air quality quicker than most other plants.

Gerbera Daisy

Fragrant, beautiful and easy to grow

Not only does the Gerbera Daisy filter plenty of air, but it is extremely fragrant. These beautiful large flowers are vivid, and make the perfect centerpiece for an island or table.

Aloe Vera

A broad leaf plant for the air and for medicinal purposes

Long known for its medicinal qualities, Aloe Vera will keep indoors near windows but requiring little light. It will also produce offshoots of new Aloe Vera rather quickly if allowed enough sun.

Bamboo Palm

A large palm perfect for bedrooms and living rooms

These beautiful variety of palms are natively found in tropical regions of Central and South American rainforests, but keep well as indoor houseplants. Their cane like stalks and broad leaves filter the air quickly, and make for an excellent, attractive plant.


Easy to find autumn flower to filter toxins

Chrysanthemums are a bright, relatively easy to grow variety of flower often seen in the fall months in varying colors of purples, reds, oranges and yellows.

Snake Plant

AKA mother-in-law's tongue

Also known as the mother-in-law's tongue, this plant grows upward in an aloe vera like style. It's tolerant of low levels of light and infrequent watering, and in fact, during the winter months, would prefer underwatering to avoid rot.

Do You Own Houseplants? - Indoor plants - how many do you have?

Indoor plants have a lot of benefits. Are you using them to their full potential? Not only do they look nice in your home, but they also filter the air. These are perfect especially for homes with little ventilation (though all homes could use plants).

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Weeping Fig

A large, fast growing plant tolerable of shady conditions

A fig tree native to Australia and Asia, with glossy drooping leaves, the Weeping Fig makes for an interesting visual, and a great way to clean the air of indoor toxins.

Peace Lily

Cleans out the contaminants like benzene and other pollutants

There are many varities of what is sometimes known as the "peace lily. It Spathiphyllum cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. It cleans best at one plant per 10 m². It actually lives best in shade and needs little light to live, while watering can be done around every week and a half.

Thanks for dropping by! If you have a certain type of plant that you think thrives indoors or really filters the air in your home, share it here in the guestbook!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Excellent information. Indoor plants are great decor also.

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Good collection of info on plants!

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      Good info, thank you!! :)