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Air Purifying Houseplants

I’m rounding up my favorite air purifying plants because there doesn’t seem to be a better time to do so than now! These plants help reduce household toxins and improve your air quality. In general, our homes probably have more toxins than we think coming from materials used to build our homes, our furniture, the fabrics on our furniture, the decor and accessories we have, etc. Adding plants not only brings a sense of life and vibrancy to our spaces, but is also super useful for filtering out toxins! Win-win-win.


Snake Plant (also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”)

This is a low maintenance plant that is relatively hardy and does better with less watering. It is a succulent plant, and likes bright and direct sunlight. The snake plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, and also helps eliminate trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene.


Spider Plant

Spider plants are a great introductory house plant, as they’re pretty low maintenance. They love indirect sunlight and can survive in most conditions temperature-wise. These guys help absorb formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene.


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a succulent that loves bright sunlight. It is great for clearing the air of formaldehyde and benzene, which can be emitted from chemical-based cleaners and paints. Aloe Vera is also a great first aid tool because the gel inside of the leaves can be used to heal cuts and burns.



Weeping Fig, also known as the Ficus plant, grows as smaller plants or larger trees, so depending on the space you have you can go smaller or larger with this plant. They love bright, indirect sunlight and need to be watered once per week. They don’t like to be over-watered, so make sure to let the soil dry between waterings. The ficus plant is great for helping filter out formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.