Air-filtering houseplants


In 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to find out which house plants most effectively ward off the toxins found in a range of household goods. The research was carried out by placing plant species inside a plexiglas chamber and adding the following chemicals inside before collecting air samples to see how the soil and plants fared in removing the air pollutants. ( here is the complete infographic via Love the Garden).

My personal experience with plants has showed me that they actually work. A key parameter here is also a good quality of  soil without pesticide and fertilizer. No need to go wild and convert your house into a jungle one-two plants in each room are enough.

Each week I will dedicate a post for a house plant and its benefits.

Also this fall I will conduct an experiment with some plants and VOCs, so stay tune.

Here are 27 House Plants That Detox The Air In Your Home Naturally
  1. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
  2. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
  3. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
  4. Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
  5. English Ivy (Hedera helix)*
  6. Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)
  7. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  8. Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)*
  9. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)*
  10. Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraeanum)*
  11. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)*
  12. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  13. Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  14. Variegated Snake Plant, mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)*
  15. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)*
  16. Selloum Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)*
  17. Elephant Ear Philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)*
  18. Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena reflexa)*
  19. Cornstalk Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’)*
  20. Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)*
  21. Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  22. Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)*
  23. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)*
  24. Dendrobium Orchids (Dendrobium spp.)
  25. Dumb Canes (Dieffenbachia spp.)
  26. Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.)
  27. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Mill.)

4 thoughts on “Air-filtering houseplants

    • Hello herrprofessor, well I know the product. Firstly airy doesn’t monitor air quality but only eliminates some VOCs from the environment around it depending the plant you are using inside it. Secondly I am glad you are worried about indoor air pollution because it’s a real problem and you did something about it. Now my personal opinion about Airy is that it’s too expensive for a piece of plastic. You can build something like that without spending 80euros by adding one pot with holes inside an other. A piece of advice here (I don’t know where you live and you humidity levels) take care about excess moisture that may produce mold.
      I hope I have helped you and in case you need something more feel free to ask.


  1. thanks. i live in germany… i have been monitoring my house humidity level this year with the help of some sensors( and except for the bedroom, where during winter we went over 60%… the average is between 30% and 55%.. Having the temperature a bit more constant in the bedroom helped solving this problem..I manage the temperature in each room based on our presence at home.

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