The Best Houseplants to Purify Indoor Air

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17 Houseplants for a Healthy Home

Bring the outdoors in by decorating with houseplants — they breathe life into any space, reduce stress, and purify the air. Because cleaning doesn’t remove most of the indoor air contaminants that accumulate from off-gassing throughout the day, these green accessories are a must-have for reducing toxins and refreshing rooms. A NASA study even found that houseplants make the best air-filters in space stations, helping to eliminate benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Thankfully, such greenery provides the same health benefits on Earth.

Breathe Easy Benefits

  • Cost and Energy Efficient
  • No Artificial Fragrances
  • No Nasal-Numbing Chemicals
  • Reduces Indoor Air Pollution, Dust, Carbon Dioxide & VOCs
  • Improves Indoor Humidity
  • Reduces Stress & Fatigue
  • Inspires Focus and Productivity
  • Enhances Well-Being

The Best Houseplants to Try

  • English Ivy
  • Spider Plant
  • Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm
  • Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Elephant Ear Philodendron
  • Red-edged Dracaena
  • Cornstalk Dracaena
  • Janet Craig Dracaena
  • Warneck Dracaena
  • Weeping Fig
  • Gerbera Daisy or Barberton Daisy
  • Pot Mum or Florist’s Chrysanthemum
  • Rubber Plant

Note: Houseplants, including some of those listed above, may be poisonous if ingested by children or pets. So, consult with your local garden center, horticulturist, and/or health care provider to identify the non-toxic choices. And take extra care when placing them around your home.

Creating a Green House 

NASA recommends placing 15 to 18 plants in six- to eight-inch diameter containers for a 1,800 square foot home. And Healthy Child Healthy World reminds, “You should also be sure to keep the foliage clean and dust free (so the leaves can do their job). And, keep the top of soil clean and free of debris, as in some cases, that’s where the bulk of the filtering is taking place. The healthier your plants, the more vigorously they’ll grow, and the better they’ll clean the air for you.”

Other Resources for Naturally Clearing the Air

Both Christopher and Jessica offer great clean air (and all-around healthy home) solutions in their books, which you can check out here.

How do you use plants at home or in the office?


  1. Graciele_Gra

    You guys read my mind. I was talking to a friend yesterday about planting some flowers around the house.

    And once again, I’m learning from you guys. Didn’t know plants has the power of reduce toxins in the air.

    Thanks for the great tips!

    By the way, Congratulations on OMMA Award for Web Site Excellence!
    You guys Rock!

  2. Yes, CONGRATS to the team of Honest for winning the award for website excellence!! The blog is OUTSTANDING!!
    Thanks for this blog. Some of the plant names are quite funny!

  3. Thank you, Felien! We appreciate your participation and support. Let us know what you’d like to read more of!

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  5. Graciele_Gra

    Great tips and great article as always, Honest!
    I love it, thanks for sharing.
    Here, I started my little edible herbs garden a couple weeks ago.
    Again, thank you! =)

  6. Hi! I would actually like to read more about the production processes. There was a great one about the diapers.

  7. If you’re ever in the NYC area check out the site The Sill (TheSill.com). They specialize in houseplants for home & office, and offer plant design services. They’re also promoting how important indoor plants are in having a healthy environment!

  8. Thanks for the recommendation, Erin. We’ll definitely keep this in mind if we’re ever in NYC.

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  10. Amy Ryan

    Hi Honest,
    I am an Aussie so I find it hard converting from metric to imperial. By my calculations my homes square meterage is 250 so does that mean i need 75 house plant to maximise the air purification properties?

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  12. Crystal Lindlief

    Do any of these fit – “Bring Life to Your Home with Simple Succulents”?

  13. tianli NaturalPotent

    I was looking for something like this from a long time. great job. tianli

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