The Top 4 Houseplants That Purify Your Home’s Air

Don’t have a green thumb? We suggest you work on it if you like breathing easy! While indoor plants look lovely, they also do a great service for our lungs and the environment; removing many contaminants from the air and converting carbon dioxide into clean oxygen. If you love plants, try potting the following four that don’t just add to your aesthetic appeal, but purify your home’s air simultaneously.

Spider Plant

Helps reduce: Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene

Toxic to pets (if eaten): No

You probably don’t enjoy having spiders in your home, but the spider plant is a welcome roommate. In 1999, NASA found that these plants remove 95 percent of formaldehyde from the air in 24 hours (when studied in a controlled chamber), and they’ve been a popular houseplant since. While formaldehyde occurs naturally in fruits, it’s a manufacturing additive in household paper products like brown paper bags and toilet paper. In high concentrations, formaldehyde causes sinus irritation and obstructs airways. To improve your home’s air quality, plant one spider plant (or another air purifying variety) for every 100 square feet. These plants are of the hen and chicks variety, meaning they grow babies you can propagate and transplant into new planters. Before you know it, you’ll have a bunch of air purifiers for the price of one!

Combine with: Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier with VOC Filter 

Designed for: Chemicals, Odors, Particle Removal

One of our most popular air purifiers, the Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier is paired with a VOC filter to remove chemicals and odors.  Able to cover 1100 square feet, you would need a dozen spider plants to effectively clean the same area.  In addition, the BreatheSmart is whisper quiet and excellent at allergen and dust removal.  

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Snake Plant

Helps reduce: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene

Toxic to pets (if eaten): Yes

It’s kind of funny that our top two air purifying house plants are named after creatures most people don’t want in their homes. However, the snake plant is also known as the “bedroom plant” because it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night. Keep one snake plant on your bedside table to give you a fresh oxygen supply and eliminate formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (causes headaches), xylene (causes organ damage), toluene (causes insomnia), and benzene (causes dizziness) from the air. Follow the one plant per 100 square feet ratio for optimal air purification.

Combine with: Austin Air Healthmate Air Purifier

Designed for: Chemicals, Odor, Smoke, Particle Removal

One of our top performing chemical and odor removing air purifiers, the Austin Air Healthmate contains over 15lbs of activated carbon.  Able to remove significant volumes of chemicals that would require countless snake plants throughout your home to address.  Try an Austin Air Healthmate in your primary living spaces, and pair with snake plants in the other rooms where you don't have an air purifier. 

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Helps reduce: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Odors

Toxic to pets (if eaten): Yes

The heart-shaped leaves of the pothos plant actually do help your heart—by giving your lungs cleaner air to breathe. These vining plants thrive in bright, indirect light and have been shown to eliminate unsavory smells and cut down on the levels of formaldehyde and carbon dioxide in your home. Ironically, golden pothos is toxic when ingested, so hang these plants high in baskets in the kitchen or bedroom if you have pets at home. Take a look at the ASPCA’s guide about dangerous plants too to prevent your furry family members from getting sick.

Combine with: AirPura V600 Air Purifier

Designed for: Chemicals, Odor, Smoke, Particle Removal

If you need odors removed such as smoke, which include toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde, then the AirPura V600 is the ideal air purifier to do the heavy lifting as well as remove dust and allergens from the air. 

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Peace Lily

Helps reduce: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Ammonia

Toxic to pets (if eaten): Yes

Most leafy plants can grow in shade or indirect sunlight, but some flowers do well too! The peace lily will keep your home’s air cleaner and give you fresh blooms to enjoy. NASA found this plant to be the best at filtering dangerous organic compounds like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. Do be careful with this plant though because it’s poisonous to people and pets when eaten.

Combine with: AirPura F600 Air Purifier
Designed for: Heavy Formaldehyde & Chemical Removal, Particle Removal

If the Peace Lilly is appealing because of its strong performance at removing formaldehyde, then combining it with an AirPura F600 is the ideal choice. The F600 will remove large volumes of formaldehyde and chemicals that may otherwise take days for the Peace Lilly to work it's way through. 

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Utilize these pretty houseplants to help remove dangerous chemicals from your home’s air. When paired with an air purifier to do the heavy lifting and particle removal, you’ll be able to take a deep breath knowing your home is a healthier place for you and your family.