Purify Indoor Air with Houseplants

October 30, 2007 by BC Doan  
Published in Home and Garden

These seven houseplants help remove toxins and pollutants in your home.

House plants can bring a warm feeling and a decorative look to our homes. These seven house plants are not listed under the “poisonous plants” list, but as a preventive step, please treat them as a common threat to our children and pets.

Houseplants can rid the air of the organic chemicals and toxins that cause asthma and other ailments. They are also proven to reduce stress and improve our mental well-being. We can benefit from houseplants since they can remove toxins, pollutants, and carbon dioxide. Keep some of these green nearby.

Snake Plant

These plant is practically indestructible, and it will remove toxins in rooms where no other plants will grow, such as in areas with no windows. Have one in your work cubicle or any other room that has limited sunlight.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera is superior in removing the benzene, known as carcinogen. It tolerates shade, and prefers moisture and well-drained soil.

Christmas Cactus

This plant gives off oxygen at night while most plants produce oxygen during the day; it is perfect for your bedroom, family room, or other spots that get a lot of evening action.

Golden Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy

According to NASA studies, this is another plant that placed in the top three for houseplants that remove formaldehyde from indoor air.

Rubber Plant

It is the best at removing indoor chemicals, such as formaldehyde, found in particleboard furniture and upholstery, benzene and ammonia. The rubber plant is also a great humidifier. Keep one anywhere you need a pretty plant that pumps moisture into the air.

Mauna Loa

You see lot of these fragrant flowers in the mall. They are borne enclosed in a large, oval, white spathe. They preferred well-drained soil, and moisture.

Spider Plant

As the plant mature, they send out these star shaped flowers that give the appearance of spider dangling. This spider plant is placed on the top five house plants that are efficient at the removal of formalhydehyde from indoor air.

These indoor houseplants are easy to care for, and they can also purify your indoor air. Since I don’t have green thumbs, I thought I will get some of these plants for myself, especially if they help reduce some toxins inside our home.

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36 Responses to “Purify Indoor Air with Houseplants”
  1. Judy Sheldon Says:

    Nice article, Icy. I enjoy my plants and it’s rewarding to know how good they are for our environment. Thank you for the research.

  2. Red Icculus Says:

    This is an excellent article.

    I do gardening articles at http://red-icculus.com

  3. joey Says:


  4. Lucy Lockett Says:

    I got my lessons for today! Thank you for the information.

  5. valli Says:

    It is a new one to me. Thank you very much for the information.

  6. lizzie 2 uk Says:

    Very interesting and useful. I love plantsbut I’m not very good with them!

  7. francie Says:

    Your absolutely, positively right on here! :) I love these plants, you did a great job on valuable information. Thanks for this!

  8. Heart Stone Says:

    Such a very very helpful article. Promote vitality and good health. You’re such one of a kind writer. Putting this website into a useful link for someone’s life.

    Excellent!!! Keep up writing such as this. You’re good at it.

    Hugs and Cheers!!!

  9. Dee Huff Says:

    Really interesting article. I love houseplants and believe that the more I have in the house the better. I’ve always called Snake Plant “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue”, so I looked it up and sure enough both names are used. Snake Plant, because of the appearance of the leaves, and Mother-In-Law’s Tongue because of the sharpness of the tip of the leaves. My favourite plant is the Spider Plant.

  10. IcyCucky Says:

    Thank you every body for your comments.

    I meant to put it in, but at the end, it slipped my mind. Thank you for your input. I like Spider Plant too.

  11. Liane Schmidt Says:

    Dear IcyCucky,

    This article is absolutely phenomenal. I am going to print it out for later reference. Phenomenal.*

    Best wishes.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  12. IcyCucky Says:


    Your kind words keep me going..Thank you.


    I am honored that you choose this article to share it on your website. Thank you!

  13. Mike Says:

    Interesting, but how many of these plants does it take to actually make a difference in indoor air quality? Do I need 5 or 500 plants in my 2000 square foot house? Thanks.

  14. firewoman Says:

    Spider plants are beautiful and helpful but they do have one pest that once on them is not easily gotten rid of: scale.
    Scale is a tiny sticky bug that disguises itself with an exterior similar to a brown sowbug with white hair.
    If your spider plant gets this malady the only way to deal with the scale bugs is to use an alcohol dipped q-tip and to touch each one and then wipe it off the plant with a tissue. Other than that, the only thing that works is toxic insecticide.
    The scale comes in by way of those breezy windows and doors. A severe infestation should be halted by bagging the plant and tossing it in the trash (not in the compost pile).

  15. IcyCucky Says:


    Thank you for such an educational comments!

  16. M.C. Johnson Says:

    I love it! Cool article Icy!

  17. Dragynwing Says:

    the ASPCA website lists the Mauna Loa (Peace Lily) and the Golden Pothos as plants that can cause gastrointestinal upset in animals. i hadn’t heard about the pothos being a problem but the Peace Lily has long been mentioned as a problem plant for critters (probably because the pothos can be a hanging plant but the Peace Lily is meant to be on the ground or a table). use caution with these plants and pets.

    i was thinking about picking up a Christmas Cactus yesterday. now i have a good excuse to do so!

  18. Anne Lyken-Garner Says:

    I’m a keen gardener, I love both indoor and outdoor plants. Good article, thanks

  19. ccdrewchat Says:

    hi IcyCucky! this is such a wonderful article. thank you. your article would really be of great help to me since our house is damp and moist most of the time. with the information i learned from your article, this would help freshen up the interior of our house. i would just like to ask if you can also help me out as to what kind of plant would be suitable outdoors that would also be best in absorbing odor and foul smell? we live in a neighborhood with neighbors owning dogs however, they are not so good at maintaining the cleanliness of their dog kennels which is why the odor of their pets’ urine and poop reaches even the inside of our house. i hope you can help me out with this dilemma of mine. it would really appreciate your help on this.

  20. IcyCucky Says:


    Thank you for such a wonderful comment!

    For other part, I don’t know the weather where you live, so I can’t recommend any thing. However, if you search online, you will find the information you need for your environment.

    About the bad smell,can you call the local enforcement office for help? That’s not a very nice neighboring, is it? So sorry for this!

  21. CrystalsHealingTouch Says:

    Thanks for the terrific list (and pictures!) I have always preferred potted plants to clipped flowers, but now I have a list (with pictures) that my man can reference when he wants to “bring me flowers.”
    Much Thanks!

  22. David Says:

    Useful page, thanks!

    I wonder how Christmas Cactus produces oxygen at night, without sunlight?

    I’d like to know since I’ve always been taught photosynthesis/oxygen production requires sunlight.

  23. Athlyn Green Says:

    What an excellent article with great pictures!

  24. Judy Sheldon Says:

    Icy, I love the way Triond comes up with new areas to showcase our work. Here we go again, a truly great article to revisit.

    Take care.

  25. Sandra L. Petersen Says:

    This is another article I will have to refer back to when I get to the point of having a few more houseplants. I have a geranium and an aloe vera but have had some of the others in the past.

  26. nobert soloria bermosa Says:

    great article,i have 4 plants on the list,thanks IC

  27. patrick regoniel Says:

    This is a very useful article. We have plants in our sala. This knowledge will encourage us to have more of them even in our rooms. Thanks IcyCucky for the nice read.

  28. tracy sardelli Says:

    very interesting and useful article, the plants are really pretty too they would look good indoors, thank you for sharing.

  29. Joe Poniatowski Says:

    Looks like you have a hit with this one, Icy. Nice job. Too bad I kill most plants I try to take care of, although I did have a poinsettia for a year once.

  30. C A Johnson Says:

    Great job on your article. The pictures are really nice.

  31. maggie de vore Says:

    thanks for your article on plants that purify especially Christmas cactus and those that help diffuse formaldehyde. I thought I was crazy when I couldn’t find the ‘printed’ article on Christmas cactus producing oxygen at night. Thanks again – Maggie

  32. Rose A. Says:

    Thanks for putting this up! I really learned from it.

  33. Shannon Says:

    I am wondering if anyone can help me figure out why my christmas cactus all of the sudden smells like sour laundry, or chemical. It just started a week or so ago and I didn’t realize that was it until I super cleaned everything in the house and could still smell it – mostly when walking by the christmas cactus – then I stuck my nose in the plant and that is definetly the smell.

  34. Judy Sheldon Says:

    Third time is a charm. Love this article about the benefits of plants!

  35. bag charm Says:

    great post,thanks.like your share.

  36. Phoenix Montoya Says:

    Many have rewritten this but yours is the best. Why? simplicity. I was looking for your article about memoirs but I found this one again.

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