Houseplants are a lovely aesthetic addition to any home, but did you know they serve an important functional purpose too? According to NASA, indoor plants can help reduce levels of airborne pollutants in your home. But before you head off to your local nursery to stock up on greenery, you should know: not every species of indoor plant is great for air purification.

If you want to use plants to help clean up your indoor air, read on to find out which species you should opt for.  

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

More commonly known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue is one of the most effective plants you can own for air purification purposes. It’s incredibly hardy, can thrive in dry conditions, and doesn’t need a ton of light to live happily. Plus, the snake plant is an amazing addition to any interior design, and no matter where you place it will help get rid of the following harmful airborne particles:

●        Trichloroethylene

●        Benzene

●        Xylene

●        Formaldehyde

Aloe Vera

You’re probably familiar with the fact that aloe vera is excellent at soothing burns and abrasions, but did you know it’s just as good at purifying indoor air? It’s true — aloe plants can help filter carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air inside your home. They also happen to be aesthetically versatile, simple to maintain, and can live happily in low humidity environments.

Rubber Plant

The striking rubber plant complements virtually any indoor aesthetic and it’s also remarkably easy to maintain, provided it gets plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. This particular plant is great at combating airborne mold spores and bacteria since it naturally fights those particles as part of its soil defense mechanism.

Keep in mind, though, that rubber plants are naturally toxic to dogs and cats. If you have furry family members at home, remember to place rubber plants in locations where curious pets can’t access them.

English Ivy

According to NASA, the English Ivy is one of the top performers in terms of air purification because it's highly effective at reducing airborne mold spores and fecal particles. Unfortunately, though, this particular plant happens to be toxic, so if you have children or pets, it may not be your best choice. If, however, you can place it high enough that it’s out of reach of small hands or curious mouths, the English Ivy is an excellent choice for purifying your bathroom air.


There are several types of indoor monstera plants that can help purify your indoor air. However, most people are familiar with the widely available and colloquially named Swiss cheese plant, the type with wide, perforated, dark green leaves.

This particular plant is easy to grow, simple to maintain, and best of all, it can adapt to just about any climate. Even in our notoriously chilly Wisconsin winters, a Swiss cheese plant will help filter pollutants out of your indoor air and add a bit of summery cheer to your living spaces.

In addition to placing air-cleaning plants around your home, there are several other things you can do to improve your indoor air quality. Check out these blogs for more tips:

●        Should You Install an In-Home Air Purification System?

●        Improve Your Indoor Air Quality: 3 Simple Solutions That Work

●        Are Your Air Ducts Making You Sick?

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