NASA Approved Air Purifying Indoor Plants That Protect You From Airborne Pollutants

Air Purifying Indoor Plants: During this Covid Pandemic situation, where everyone is feeling the urge to seek oxygen, Why shouldn’t we grow indoor plants. Because Growing air purifying plants in your home is a simple change but it can have a huge impact on your health and well-being.

         In 1989, NASA discovered that houseplants can absorb pollutants from the air specifically in confined spaces.

        The chemicals or toxic pollutants that the houseplants can absorb are Benzene (glue, paint, plastics, rubbers, and detergent), Toluene (paint thinners, nail polish remover, glues, and correction fluid), Xylene (printing, rubber, and leather industries), Formaldehyde (cleaning products, toilet paper, and tissues), trichloroethylene (an industrial solvent). These pollutants develop symptoms like allergies, headaches, and fatigue.

Here are some NASA-approved, affordable, and beautiful houseplants that can efficiently absorb the toxins and make our enclosed space pollutant-free.

1.Areca Palm

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One of the topmost air-purifying plants according to the ratings from NASA’s research and According to Dr. Wolverton’s data, it has the 8th  highest removal rate for formaldehyde.  During wintertime,  it is as effective as an electric humidifier.

Care: Grows well in indirect sunlight. Water them a couple of times a week during summer but not as much in winter.

Best Placement: Living Room

Toxins removed: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene

2.Snake Plant

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Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this yellow-tipped succulent releases oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping. It is a great houseplant for beginners and can survive in some of the toughest conditions (Extreme hot and cold conditions)

Care: Medium, indirect light; tolerates sun and shade. Make sure not to overwater, as the roots are prone to rot in moist soil.

Best Placement: The Bedroom, Living Room

Toxins removed: Formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.

3.Spider Plant

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The resilient Spider plants are the perfect choice for newbies. If you have pets, this is one of the few houseplants that are non-toxic to animals. Spider plants put off baby spider plants called spiderettes which can be repotted again to start over new spider plant family to take care of themselves and you.

Care: They thrive in indirect sunlight; can survive in any conditions and needs to be watered weekly.

Best Placement: The Bedroom, Living room

Toxins removed: Carbon monoxide and xylene.

4.Aloe vera

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In addition to being easy to care for, the healing Aloe Plant (which possesses anti-inflammatory properties) not only soothes your kitchen burns but also helps in purifying the air around you.

Care: This plant will thrive in a sunny location. It doesn’t require frequent watering

Best placement: Any window sill, out of the way to avoid pricking

Toxins removed: Formaldehyde and Benzene

5.Golden Pothos

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Otherwise known as the Money plant, devil’s ivy is an easy to grow indoor houseplant that can fight against household toxins. It adds instant color and beauty with its large, waxy leaves to any room with tendrils and grows well in water, pots, and hanging baskets.

Care: Prefers Bright, indirect light; can tolerate partial shade or artificial light. They are moisture lovers, so they can be bathroom plants too. Water weekly or whenever the soil feels dry.

Best Placement: Any room but make sure there is enough room for bright light.

Toxins removed: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Carbon Monoxide, and Xylene

6.Chinese Evergreen

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Aglaonema is one of the most commonly easy to grow household plants that can emit a high oxygen content while purifying indoor spaces. Though it helps to maintain the healthy air quality in the home, it is important to note that the Chinese evergreen contains an irritant that can be toxic to pets.

Care: Grows best in Indirect light, partial shade; can tolerate fluorescent lighting and only needs to be watered when the top 2-3 inches of soil gets dry.

Best Placement: The Living Room

Toxins removed: Formaldehyde and Xylene.

7. Chrysanthemum

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cleanser of the household toxins but helps in providing mood-enhancing beauty to the home.

Care: This plant loves sunlight, so place it in a room with plenty of natural light and keep the soil moist but well-drained.

Best placement: Living room, Bedroom

Toxins removed: Ammonia Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, And Benzene

8.Rubber Plant

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It is one of the easy-to-grow cum care houseplants. Their large, glossy leaves can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down, rendering them harmless. A natural humidifier and best for cleansing the air (by NASA). It’s worth knowing that it’s toxic to dogs and cats, so be extra careful if you have one close to your pets.

Care: Easy to care for, a rubber plant can grow well on low levels of light. They should be allowed to dry out between watering.

Best placement: A living room or The Bedroom.

Toxins removed: Xylene, Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene.

9.Peace Lily

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Also known as a spathiphyllum, their glossy green leaves and glorious white flowers make the perfect addition to any room especially those spots with low light.  spring to promote growth and. If you are willing to add to your plant collection, be aware of knowing that it is poisonous to cats and dogs.

Care: Generally prefers shade or partial light and keeps the soil consistently moist.  

Best placement: A living room or The Bedroom.

Toxins removed: Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene

10.Weeping Fig

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The weeping fig is a small tree with waxy, bright green leaves that tend to droop even when it’s perfectly healthy. Figs value consistency in their care and can drop leaves when stressed or moved to a new location.

Care: Bright, indirect light. Tolerates some shade and to be watered weekly, let the soil dry between waterings.

Best placement: The balcony or a well-lit corner of the living room

Toxins removed: Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, and Benzene


  • There are a lot of low-light indoor house plants that are best at purifying the air in and around your space. Air-purifying indoor plants can impact your health, and not just for their visual beauty.
  • Several studies have proven that by growing indoor plants, not only our concentration increases but also stress and fatigue can be reduced as we breathe pure and toxin-free air. 
  • This list of the Top 10 best plants for purifying air is just a start.
  • Pick a plan that suits your needs – like, is it toxic to pets? And a plant that fits the space you have.

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