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The 10 best plants to improve the air quality of your home

Beyond the beauty that indoor plants bring into the home, they also have many surprising health benefits such as stress reduction and energy stimulation. Studies from the American Horticultural Therapy Association have demonstrated that houseplants can even help improve concentration.

Perhaps the most amazing benefit of indoor plants is the ability to filter toxins out of the air and expel oxygen. Some plants can help combat formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and other common indoor pollutants. The following are the ten best purifying plants to improve the air quality of your home.

Areca Palm

According to a study by NASA, the areca palm is the number one best indoor air purifying plant. The areca palm is also capable of putting moisture into the air when it is needed and thrives in a humid area.

Peace Lily

Also recognized by NASA for the ability to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from inside the home, peace lilies are beautiful and easy to care for. They simply require shade and weekly watering.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is known as one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products. Low light and humidity are the ideal conditions for the snake plant.

Aloe Vera

In addition to many natural health benefits such as healing wounds and easing sunburn, the aloe plant helps combat formaldehyde and benzene. Place it in a sunny window for best results.

Bamboo Palm

This plant is considered the best to remove trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent linked to toxic effects in the liver and kidneys. The bamboo palm flourishes in a humid spot with bright, indirect light.

Weeping Fig

The weeping fig is a great choice for removing pollutants from sources such as carpeting and furniture. It performs best in a room with a consistent temperature and plenty of indirect light.

Chinese Evergreen

This adaptable plant improves its ability to purify the air over time. The Chinese evergreen develops best in humid, low-light spaces.


The blooms of the chrysanthemum’s flowers not only brighten up the house but also help to remove benzene. According to the World Health Organization, “benzene is a well-established cause of cancer in humans.” Indoor mums need bright light and plenty of water.

Spider Plant

In addition to filtering out the most common indoor pollutants, this plant is resilient and extremely easy to care for. Spider plants grow best in bright yet indirect light.


Known to help counteract formaldehyde from sources such as foam insulation and plywood, azaleas are ideal for the basement if there is a sunny spot available. These beautiful flowers thrive in cool and humid spaces.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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