NASA Said These 8 Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxins Efficiently

NASA Said These 8 Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxins Efficiently

We Americans spend most of the time at home. That is why our indoor air should be toxic-free for well being. 

There are numerous ways to clean air, but the natural way is the best one to remove toxins from the air from your home. 

I am Vicki J. Stabile. a passionate and expert gardener. I enjoy gardening and have been active for six years. Researching and exploring new instruments and techniques also excites me and simplify my gardening experience, making it all the more fun.

In the post, I am gonna tell you about the 8 Best indoor plants that clean the air and remove toxins efficiently

According to NASA (1989), there is a list of indoor plants that can clean the air effectively. These able to eliminate up to 87% of poisonous elements in the air. These toxins come from common items from our home such as paint, cleaning solutions, varnishes, insulations, carpeting, wood treatments, and other products. 

So, today in this post I have come out with 8 plants from that list that aid in the removal of pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide. These plants will help you a lot to breathe easier at your home. 

Just don’t go anywhere without reading the full post, without getting knowledge. 

1. English Ivy (Hedera helix) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

English Ivy
English Ivy

When it comes to indoor plants English Ivy is one of the common choices among other plants. Besides, if we talk about growing requirements this plant is a bit fussy. The moist environment is best for English Ivy to grow well. Misting it frequently better for its health.  

There is a secret formula to keep English Ivy alive:

  • Water the soil and mist the leaves frequently
  • Protect it wind and excessive heat
  • Provide bright and indirect light

However, it’s not just going to purify the air of your room but also it will make your room look great by its looks.

In terms of air-purifying, it removes trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.

Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light

Water Requirements: Keep the soil moist, but not wet

Difficulty: Moderate

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Peace Lily
Peace Lily

The peace lily is very easy to grow. It is an adaptable and low maintenance indoor plant. Sometimes, it’s also called a “closet plant”. Basically, peace lilies are not true lilies at all but rather it’s a member of the Araceae family. 

There are wide and various types of Peace lilies are available. Since they can reach up to 3 feet tall and grow wide with big, bold leaves. 

Peace lilies are very drought-tolerant, you can wait for watering until the plant starts to droop before watering. Be aware of watering, overwatering and underwatering would kill the plant.

Peace lily removes trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene.

Light Requirements: Bring, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements: Keep the soil moist at all times

Difficulty: Easy the soil moist, not soggy

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

3. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Weeping Fig
Weeping Fig

One of the common indoor trees is the Weeping Fig nowadays. It is going to weep if its current conditions don’t meet with requirements. Weeping Fig has a good tolerance for the indoor atmosphere. It needs a big bright room with a lot of indirect light to grow well. However, in the morning it is great for Weeping Fig to have little direct sunlight.

In order to keep it healthy, you should provide regular water in the growing season and allowed it to become drier from fall to late winter.  

If you see your Weeping Fig is not growing well then change its spot and consider brighter spot with better indirect lights.

Weeping Fig is one of the best among many other indoor plants for improving air quality. Toxin removal ratings of this plant are better than many others. It removes formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. 

Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light

Water Requirements: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Difficulty: Medium

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Spider Plant
Spider Plant

Well, another most common, adaptable, easiest to grow indoor friendly plant is The Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). This plant is able to grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from a few problems. It doesn’t need direct sunlight and if you see it wilts slightly, just water it. 

This amazing plant able to purify the air and remove formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and xylene from your home. 

Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light to partial shade

Water Requirements: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Difficulty: Easy

Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs and Cats

5. Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Snake Plant
Snake Plant

Snake plant is a plant that has been popular from generation to generation. If you are looking for a very easy-care houseplant, this can be a good choice for you.  The snake plant is very adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. 

The snake plant is also a wise choice for modern contemporary interior designs for its architectural nature. Snake plants also need bright light for a healthy life, but also able to tolerate low light as well. 

It removes Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, and xylene from the air. 

Light Requirements: Full sun to low light

Water Requirements: Allow to the soil to dry out between watering

Difficulty: Easy

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

6. Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos

Pothos is another easiest plant to grow in the household that cleans the air and removes toxins. It’s a tough plant you can have in your room. You don’t have to worry if you forget to water it. This plant is able to cope up with bad conditions like near-total neglect.

Pothos is able to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene from the air. 

Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Difficulty: Very Easy

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

7. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree

Dracaena is yet another indoor gardening plant for your inside home. This plant perfect for you if you are a beginner gardener.

This dragon grows slowly and needs a lot of indirect light. It’s drought-tolerant and able to go without water for an extended period of time.

Not but what, Dracaena marginata can be sensitive to fluoride that’s usually found in tap water. If you notice that leaves becoming discolored, use distilled water. If you don’t have very dry hair in your household, normal household humidity should be fine. 

Dracaena is best for removing Trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene from your home’s air. 

Light Requirements: Bright, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Difficulty: Moderate

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs and Cats

8. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxin

Boston Fern
Boston Fern

Here is the last one in our list “Boston ferns”. This plant is vastly popular as a houseplant for purifying or removing toxins from the air.  But keep it alive and healthy you have to be very cautious about taking care of it. 

First thing you need to take into consideration it’s placement. You should keep it in a place it gets indirect light and that place has high humidity, especially in the winter.  Nearly all homes rather dry, even more, when heaters are running. For additional humidity, you can use a tray of pebbles filled with water by setting your fern’s pot on it. 

Another important thing you should make sure that the soil remains damp. Dry soil is one of the reasons that Boston ferns die. Check the soil daily and make sure to give it water. 

Light Requirements: Indirect light

Water Requirements: Keep the soil moist at all times

Difficulty: Moderate

Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs and Cats


Taking Care of
Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxins

1. Selecting Your Houseplants

Well, I strongly recommend you to buy only air purifying plants which are insect and disease-free. Avoid plants that have wilted or yellow leaves, spots, brown edges, blotches, or spindly growth. 

2. The Value is “Light”

If you have read the review part of plants you might have noticed that I talked about the importance of light to grow a well and healthy life. Light is a crucial part of houseplant growth. 

To have the plant’s healthy life you have to keep it in a place where it’s get required light. However, light can be classified into four categories: low, medium, high and very high.

There are some different types of plant that needs high light to grow well near windows or glass doors with western and southern exposure. 

But you should not buy these high light plants, rather you should go for the other three categories since most of the houses don’t have enough lights. Medium and low light plants would be the best bet for you. You can keep it any window or corner of your home to get the good results.

3. Food and Water Woes

Water is life and it can be harmful to plants and lives. Over and under-watering can be harmful to plants, it is one of the major reasons plants die. Though watering varies plant to plant, the general is sticking your finger in the soil up to the first and second knuckles. If moist, don’t water; if dry, water it. However, make sure the water is not toxic for the plant, it should be fresh. 

If you are among those who tend to forget to water plant then my list plant would be the best option for you expect the Dracaena. These are self-watering plants. 

Use good quality all-purpose plant food. The general rule of providing plant food is every two months from March until September. If instructions aren’t the same with this rule then better to follow the instructions. 

Growth becomes slow during fall and winter. During this time food isn’t needed, in fact, it can be harmful to plants. 

Moreover, reduce the watering during cold seasons to get effective results in air purifying 

4. Home Plant Home

It’s important what pot you are using for household plants. You can use any kind of container for plants, but just make sure it’s not 25% bigger than the previous one. In addition, you should also make sure that the pot is not too heavy that it would fall over. 

Check your pot it has a good drainage system. Pots basically have holes in the bottom for it, check it has or not in your pot. 

By the way, if you want to place your plant in a pretty pot but it doesn’t have holes for drainage or you don’t want to punch in it, no problem! 

You can choose another smaller pot than your pretty pot which has holes and then place your plant in the smaller pot. 

Afterward, keep your smaller pot in the decorative pretty pot. Make sure you empty any water that accumulates at the bottom or places a handful of pebbles on the bottom of the pretty pot/ bigger pot. 

Are you going to use your garden’s soil for your indoor plants

Don’t do it. It will turn very hard and has the chance of introducing weed seeds and insects into your home. You can buy any other soil from the store if it doesn’t hold too much water. 

Final Words

I hope you like my on Indoor Plants That Clean The Air and Remove Toxins. If you have any questions just let me know, you will try my best to answer

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