Using House Plants to Clean Your Air

Gerber Daisy

According to the Clean Air Study conducted by NASA aboard the International Space Station, plants are an effective way to clean the air. Certain species can absorb ambient pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, ammonia and trichloroethylene. Some plants can even thrive on pollutants that are detrimental to humans.

– English ivy

– Dracaena

– Peace lily

– Weeping fig

– Golden pothos

– Rubber plant

– Areca palm

– Aloe vera

– Philodendron

– Spider plant

– Gerbera daisy (shown above)

– Pot chrysanthemum

– Moth orchid

– Chinese evergreen (shown below)

– Boston fern

– Ficus alii

Chinese Evergreen


Consider the light, water, soil and maintenance requirements for each species before you choose your plants.

Choose one 10 to 12 inch potted plant for every 100 square feet of living space in your home for the most effective air filtration.

Periodically replenish soil with an organic compost or fertilizer.

Periodically dust the leaves of your plants with a damp, soft cloth.

If possible, capture rain water to irrigate your plants.

Since some species of house plants are toxic to humans and domestic animals, keep all house plants out of the reach of children and pets.

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