6 Air Purifying House Plants

Published in Green Living Tips, Household tips on 13th April 2013

Besides using an Energy Star certified air purifier to protect your loved ones from allergens and odours with no excessive wastage of energy, Mother Nature has actually provided us with some natural remedies in the form of vegetation that can filter off these harmful substances from their surrounding air.

Below are 6 house plants that can you consider keeping to help you in the maintenance of the cleanliness of your indoor air.


It removes formaldehyde that falls in one of the VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can be found in lacquer, that was used for finishing competed furniture. Besides that it was also mentioned to be able to function as a natural humidifier.



Snake PlantSnake Plant

The snake plant or commonly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” is one of the popular air purifying house plants with its ability to grow under low light levels and irregular watering frequency. It has also been shown in studies by NASA3 to be able to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.


Dypsis lutescens1Areca Palm

The areca palm is a flowering plant that is native to Madagascar. It is one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness, with its ability to remove chemicals like xylene and toluene from the air, and ability to function as a natural humidifier. This plant is also known as butterfly palm and golden cane palm.   



Spider PlantSpider Plant

The spider plant is a great house plant that can help in the removal of carbon monoxide2, and nitrogen dioxide2 which can accumulate due to incomplete combustion and the usage of butane stoves for cooking.

It has also been proven to be one of those effective in the removal of formaldehyde in contaminated air1



Gerbera DaisiesGerbera Daisy

This daisy is named after the German botanist Traugott Gerber. These striking flowers have been known to remove benzene from the air, and possess sleep-improving abilities via the absorption of carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen during the night.

With this in mind, a good place to put this house plant will be your bedrooms.

Golden PothosGolden Pothos

The golden pothos or devil’s ivy is a fast-growing evergreen vine that can be grown as a hanging pot plant. It has also been shown to be another useful plant in removing formaldehyde from contaminated air1. Like the spider plant, the golden pothos has also been shown to be able to remove carbon monoxide2 and nitrogen dioxide2 gases as well.

Therefore a good location to grow this air purifying house plant will be your garage, as all the above gases can be found in your car exhaust.



To conclude, if you ever decide to start living a green lifestyle, one method will be to grow these air purifying house plants which will not require any power to help you in the maintenance of the cleanliness of your surrounding air.  


1) Wolverton et al. (1984). Foliage plants for removing indoor air pollutants from energy-efficient homes. Economic Botany.38(2):pp. 224-228.   

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2) Wolverton et al. (1985). Foliage plants for indoor removal of the primary combustion gases carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences

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3) https://archive.org/details/nasa_techdoc_19930072988 (Last accessed 04/02/2015)