8 Houseplants That Clean Air And Are Impossible To Kill

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, and unfortunately, living and working in places with stagnant indoor environments creates a breeding ground for pollutants. So what can we do? Luckily, NASA scientists decided to look into this dilemma and found a very simple solution: use houseplants to clean the air. Even better news – many of the house plants they recommend to help purify air require very little maintenance.

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1. Aloe

  • Easy to grow, sun-loving succulent
  • Clears the air of formaldehyde and benzene — byproducts of chemical-based cleaners, paints, and more

2. Spider plant

  • Incredibly resilient plant
  • Battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene
  • Safe for pets

3. Gerbera daisy

  • Beautiful, flowering plant
  • Removes trichloroethylene, benzene, and more

4. Snake plant

  • Thrives in low light and steamy conditions (the perfect bathroom plant!)
  • Filters out formaldehyde, carbon dioxide
  • Releases oxygen at night

5. Chrysanthemum

  • Colorful plants that will brighten the room
  • Battles benzene

6. Red-edged dracaena

  • A gentle pop of color
  • Removes xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde

7. Chinese evergreen

  • Incredibly easy to care for, thrives in low light
  • Filters out a variety of air pollutants and actually removes more toxins as time and exposure continues

8. Peace lily

  • All they need are some shade and weekly watering
  • Topped NASA’s list for removing 3 of the most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene
  • Also removes toluene and xylene