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7 Plants that Purify the Air in your Home

by Graeme Sime myHomeBody Staff |

 Images by Jessica Wu

There are many house plants that purify the air in your home. A house with a lot of houseplants will have fresher air, better moods, and cleaner surfaces! These 7 house plants are great for this purpose:

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a great air purifier because it removes formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air in your home. Formaldehyde can be found in building materials like plywood and particle board while benzene is an early component of fuels such as gasoline but has since been removed due to its carcinogenic properties.



The ficus plant will clean the air of formaldehyde and benzene but also has a pleasant smell to it so you don't have to worry about an unpleasant house odor from all the house plants purifying your home's air quality.

Areca Palm

If you're looking for a house plant that can be placed in a room with high levels of carbon monoxide, the areca palm is your houseplant. It removes airborne pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene from the air as well as toxins like trichloroethylene which comes from cleaning products or gasoline.


Snake Plant

The snake plant houseplant can remove airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from your home's air quality. It has a striking appearance so it'll look nice in your house as well.


Lady Palm

The lady palm houseplant can clean the air of xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde so it's a great house plant for purifying your home. This plant can reduce the ammonia found in some cleaning products. 

Golden Pothos

This houseplant has been found to be even more effective at removing chemical pollutants from the air than other plants like the peace lily or the snake plant house plants.  This houseplant is also great for removing formaldehyde.

Chinese Evergreen

This houseplant is great because it can clean the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. It also has a pleasant smell to it so you don't have to worry about an unpleasant house odor from all the house plants purifying your home's air quality. 

Have you considered adding more house plants to your home or office? There are so many great options out there, like the Peace Lily. It’s easy to care for and doesn’t need much light. The Ficus is a classic plant that thrives in low-light conditions as well with its thick leaves and sturdy trunk. For those who prefer green foliage but can't live without bright light, try an Areca Palm! Snake Plant is also a good option because it has no soil requirements; instead, it needs only water every two weeks! If you're looking for something colorful and tropical-looking then think of choosing Golden Pothos or Lady Palm into your life today!

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