5 Air Purifying Plants Your Home Needs

Including my FAVORITE houseplant ever
My Top 5 Air Purifying Plants That are NASA-Approved. #plants #houseplants #lowlightplants #indoorgardening #tipsandtricks #decoratingwithplants #Dracaena #rubbertree #rubberplant #chineseevergreen #aloevera #snakeplant

Ever since adding an air purifier to our home during the kitchen renovation, I’ve been aware of the quality of our air. The PNW really has great, fresh air, but with the threat of wild fires up here, it can turn pretty quickly. Thankfully, house plants do a great job of helping to clean the air naturally. We’ve incorporated a bunch of air purifying plants into our tiny bungalow and I urge you to do the same!

My Top 5 Air Purifying Plants That are NASA-Approved. #plants #houseplants #lowlightplants #indoorgardening #tipsandtricks #decoratingwithplants #Dracaena #rubbertree #rubberplant #chineseevergreen #aloevera #snakeplant

My Top 5 Air Purifying Plants (BTW, They are NASA-Approved!)

You’re probably like, wait… NASA-approved?? Never thought I’d say that here on the blog, but it’s true! There is literally a list of air-filtering plants that are proven to help filter harmful toxins and pollutants out of the air. Cool, huh? I’m definitely someone who keeps aesthetics in mind, though, so these are my top 5 air purifying plants that are attractive, too:


Not gonna lie, Dracaena is my favorite plant on this list! We’ve had one in our living room ever since I moved in and it’s grown so much. I love the height that it adds to the overall space, but it is also a very good air purifier. This striking house plant is known to filter out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. Plus with over 40 varieties, you’ll definitely find one you love!

Snake Plant

Also known as Mother In Law’s Tongue or Sansevieria, this strikingly gorgeous house plant is perfect for removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air in your home. Plus, it’s one of the hardiest house plants you can own!

Aloe Vera

What doesn’t aloe vera do?? Seriously. It’s awesome for sunburns, moisturizes skin, and apparently cleans the air! It’s known to help filter out formaldehyde from the air.

Chinese Evergreen

This is another easy to maintain house plant with tonsss of varieties from which to choose! I’m a big fan of what the speckled and spotted leaves add to my #shelfie, but I also love this house plants ability to remove toxins like formaldehyde and xylene. Just don’t forget to naturally fertilize your Chinese Evergreen plant twice a year!

Rubber Plant

Our rubber plant is currently tiny, but thankfully it’s a fast grower! Sean’s dad has a massive one that actually belonged to his mother. I am lucky enough to have a cutting to nurture now! Rubber plants are a great air purifier and help to remove toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

My Top 5 Air Purifying Plants That are NASA-Approved. #plants #houseplants #lowlightplants #indoorgardening #tipsandtricks #decoratingwithplants #Dracaena #rubbertree #rubberplant #chineseevergreen #aloevera #snakeplant

Do you have any of these air purifying plants in your home?

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