What Houseplants Clean the Air?


A number of houseplants offer a natural and attractive way to clean the air in your home. These plants not only absorb indoor pollutants and allergens from the air, but also release oxygen as a natural result of photosynthesis. Read on to learn more about houseplants that clean the air.

Spider Plant

The spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) is one of the most popular and easy-to-maintain houseplants. It is an evergreen perennial that belongs to the lily family.


Chrysanthemums (chrysanthemum indicum) are flowering houseplants that belong to the daisy family. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that range from dark shades of red and orange to light pastel pinks.

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

The heart leaf philodendrons (philodendron cordatum) is an evergreen vining houseplant. As its name suggests, this climbing plant has heart-shaped leaves that are large and glossy.

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm (chamaedorea seifrizii) is another indoor houseplant that cleans the air. Also called a reed palm, it has slender, graceful limbs and grows as high as 7 feet.

Golden Pothos

Golden pothos is another air-cleaning plant. It is a versatile, low-growing vining plant that has green and yellow variegated leaves. The golden pothos is easy to care for as well.

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