Best air purifying plants for your home (Pt. 1)

They say "My house is my castle". This is a place where we can escape the dangers of the outside world. But is the air we breathe at home truly harmless?
We may not realize it, but the air we breathe within our own homes can put our health at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that common organic chemicals found in homes, including paints, disinfectants, cosmetics, and fuels, release various toxins and chemicals into the air.
But the good news is that these chemicals are pretty easy to deal with. Indoor plants can help us fight them. And that's not just an old wives' tale, it's a scientifically proven fact!
So, in this article you'll learn about the most effective plants for cleaning air in the home, according to the NASA Clean Air Study.

Peace Lily

This is a classic houseplant that blooms almost non-stop and produces its beautiful white flowers. Because of its long blooming period, growing Peace Lily at home has a positive effect on your mood and helps relieve stress.

This beautiful plant is easy to care for, prefers low light, and grows well in an evenly moist soil. 
According to NASA study, Peace Lily can neutralize up to 5 harmful chemicals that can be found indoors. Moreover, it’s known for being a great air humidifier, which makes breathing easier for those who suffer from allergies.


Dracena counts many different species, and many classic indoor plants belong to this genus: Red-edged dracaena, Cornstalk dracaena, Dragon Tree, Corn Plant and others are very popular indeed. Among more than 40 varieties you are sure to find a species you like! Especially since they are all excellent air purifiers.

NASA study proves Dracaena is one of the most effective plants for removing formaldehyde from indoor air. And besides that, it also removes benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene from the air.


There’re many different types but the study involved Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis' and Nephrolepis obliterata. Ferns are great plants, especially for those who have plants that die often, so it's pretty resilient. The only thing that is important for it is high humidity, regular watering and spraying.

According to the study, this plant is excellent at removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air. And because it's a moisture-loving plant, it's also a good humidifier for indoor air. Ferns help restore moisture to the air naturally, which is ideal for those who suffer from dry skin and nose.

Chinese evergreen

It’s one of the most beautiful foliage plants you can grow at home and the good news is that you can get it in many different colors and forms. Some of them are splashed with pink or in silvery green, which makes it an amazing piece of interior. 

Chinese evergreens is very easy to care for, tolerating shade and what makes this plant great is that it is excellent at removing the following chemicals from the air: formaldehyde and xylene.

All of the plants on the list are great for purifying the air and increasing the humidity in the room. However, if you live in an environment with dirty air, don't rely solely only on plants. Get standard air purifiers as well, because the air we and our loved ones breathe is very important.