5 Air Purifying Indoor Plants With Names: Your complete list

Did you know your house could be making you sick? Everyone’s heard of the dangers of outdoor pollution, but your home could actually contain pollution, too. In fact, considering most people in Western countries spend the majority of their time indoors, this could be a real danger to health. An easy, and beautiful way to protect yourself is to invest in some air purifying indoor plants with names (yup, not just any old plants!). In fact, NASA went ahead and researched the best air purifying indoor plants (we guess space ships need clean air too) in their Clean Air Study

Benefits of indoor plants

Before we share some of the best air purifying indoor plants with names, what are the benefits of indoor plants? Some plants are able to clean the air by processing and removing pollutants, ranging from formaldehyde to ammonia. This in turn can reduce everything from headaches to the common cold. In fact, there is a term for when indoor pollutants make you sick: “Sick Building Syndrome.” This syndrome has been studied by the National Institute of Health which found indoor pollution can lead to far worse than headaches: Cancer, lung disease, and more. 

5 best air purifying indoor plants with names

Adding indoor plants to purify the air in your home or your work place can reduce your chance of Sick Building Syndrome. Not to mention, houseplants are aesthetically pleasing and experiencing a surge on Instagram right now! Here are some of the best air purifying indoor plants with names included.


1. Peace Lily: Can reduce ammonia and increase humidity. Place in a dry part of your home, or an area you use a lot of cleaning products, for example the kitchen or hall.

2. English Ivy: Can process and reduce toxic air borne chemicals. Place above a desk or on a shelf and train it to create a beautiful shape on the walls with its vines.

3. Spider Plant: Effective at removing air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Place on a window sill for best access to light. 

4. Aloe Vera: Removes strong chemical pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and more. Its inner gel also has great healing capabilities for wounds, burns, and scars. Place in an area that receives bright sunlight.

5. Bamboo Palm: Can reduce formaldehyde and benzene pollutants. Would look beautiful on a side table or on a front hall stand. Does well in all light levels.


These are only a small selection of the indoor plants that are proven to have air purifying capabilities. For more options, check out this list from the Clean Air Study by NASA. 

Lifestyle, WellnessPerryn Ford