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10 Air-Purifying Plants Approved by NASA for Your House


  1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) : Spider plants are the perfect choice for newbies and those with a bad track record when it comes to plants. They thrive in indirect sunlight and can survive in just about any condition (they’ve been known to survive in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit). (Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.)

  2. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa) : The Lady Palm is a great option when it comes to air cleaners. Contrary, to popular belief, these palms prefer cooler temps ranging from 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene.)

  3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) : Also known as a spathiphyllum, peace lilies are an easy and undemanding plant to look after. Their glossy green leaves make the perfect addition to any room, especially those spots with low light. Keep them happy with a weekly water and fertilise with a slow-release fertiliser in spring to promote growth and those glorious white flowers. (Toxins removed: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene.)

  4. Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena Deremensis) : Dracaenas can grow up to 15-foot tall, making them perfect for filling voids and big spaces. These plants love indirect sunlight but under no circumstances should be placed in direct sunlight. Water them once a week in the warmer months, but be careful: too much water can cause root decay. (Toxins removed: xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.)

  5. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata) : The Snake Plant, otherwise known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is a succulent plant that can grow up to two meters in height. It is a low-maintenance plant that is hardy and thrives even when neglected. Place them somewhere with bright even direct light for a couple of hours a day. Be careful not to overwater as they thrive in dry conditions. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene.)

  6. Ficus/Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina) : The ficus is native to southeast Asia. Most commonly grown indoors, the Weeping Fig can grow between 2-10 feet tall. Like most other air purifiers ficus prefers bright, direct sunlight and to be watered weekly, drying out fully between drinks. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.)

  7. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii) : These plants can grow pretty big (between 4-12 feet high) making them absolute formaldehyde filtering machines. They make great indoor additions as they are pet-friendly and are one of the few air cleaners that love a good dose of full sunlight. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.)

  8. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) : The Chinese Evergreen plant comes in many varieties and is one of the easiest indoor house plants to grow. They tolerate most conditions but thrive in well-drained soil, high humidity and medium-low light conditions. It is recommended that you fertilise your Chinese Evergreen plants twice a year. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.)

  9. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata v. Bostoniesis) : This easy-to-grow fern is known for its sword-shaped fronds which makes it perfect for a hanging basket or pedestal. The Boston Fern thrives in humid environments and requires consistent moisture. Keep them happy with regular misting, moist soil and by positioning them in indirect sunlight near windows, balconies and patios. In winter cut the fronds back by around 2 inches to help them regenerate and grow in the warmer months. (Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.)

  10. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii) : Dwarf or Pygmy palms are the babies of the palm family. They are relatively easy to grow in partial shade, growing up to 6-10 feet tall with their fronds reaching six foot too! (Toxins removed: formaldehyde and xylene.)