10 Best Plants for Cleaning Indoor Air

Since Americans spend most of their time indoors, healthy air quality should be a top priority. Discover the top 10 plants that aid in the removal of pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide.

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English Ivy

Hedera Helix

Beautiful as a groundcover or a houseplant, English ivy is a classically elegant choice that is also excellent for removing harmful chemicals found in the home. It can grow in full shade to full sun, can be trained into shapes, and with proper care, it is likely to survive for several years.

Bamboo Palm

Chamaedorea Seifrizii

Since the bamboo palm, or reed palm, prefers part sun or shade, it makes a great houseplant with the added benefit of aiding in the removal of harmful elements such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema Modestum

The Chinese evergreen is an easy-care plant that thrives in low to medium light. It generally grows to one or two feet. Though it helps to maintain healthy air quaility in the home, it is important to note that the Chinese evergreen contains an irritant that can be toxic to pets.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Jamesonii

When placed indoors, this popular annual is useful in removing benzene and providing mood-enhancing beauty to the home. However, keep in mind that the gerbera daisy does best in warm temperatures, at 75 degrees F or higher.

Dragon Tree

Dracaena Marginata

With a leaf color that ranges from green to purple, this plant would be a gorgeous addition indoors or outdoors. It would also fit right in at the office, as it can tolerate low light.

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Sansevieria Trifasciata 'Laurentii'

A hardy succulent, mother-in-law's tongue is a great houseplant for beginners and can survive in some of the toughest conditions, including a wide variety of temperatures and light conditions. However, be careful not to overwater (or to not water at all).

Pot Mum

Chrysanthemum Morifolium

Good for removing benzene, the pot mum is also a colorful addition to the home in fall when many other flowering plants are past their prime.

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa'

Known for its ability to fight against toxic gases such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, peace lilies are relatively easy to care for and even show signs of drooping when they need to be watered. They can be mildly toxic to pets and humans, so it's important to wash your hands after touching the plant.

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum Comosum 'Vittatum'

This easy to care for houseplant thrives in bright, indirect light and works hard to remove the air of harmful pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.

Mass Cane/Corn Plant

Dracaena Fragrans 'Massangeana'

Proven to help remove formaldehyde, the mass cane/corn plant is one of the most popular varieties of Dracaenas for its lovely foliage that ranges from green to yellow. They look stunning in tree form but can also be grown as shrubs.