One of the best things I’ve done to make my home feel more comfortable and inviting has been to incorporate fresh indoor plants into my home decor.
Fresh plants not only help to make your home have a more homey feel to it, but they also work to purify and clean the air from various chemicals, such as VOCs, car exhaust, pollen and mold, and more, making your home’s air healthier for you to breathe.
Today, I’d like to share a list of air-purifying houseplants that are great for indoors. Most of these air-purifying houseplants are easy to grow, even if you think you have a black thumb, and will make lovely additions to your home!
14 Air-Purifying Houseplants For Clean Air & A Beautiful Home
Some air-purifying houseplants are great for beginners or those with black thumbs as they don’t require much care. Houseplants that tolerate low light and don’t need too much water are the ones that fit into this group. I’d suggest starting with these plants and working your way into plants that need more attention when it comes to light and moisture.
- Peace Lily: Prefers low light and watering when soil is dry.
- Rubber Plant: Prefers low light and dry soil.
- Spider Plant: Prefers moderate, indirect sunlight. Water when soil feels dry.
A few plants are great options for bathrooms because they prefer moist air. If you keep these in a bathroom where you shower, you won’t need to worry too much about air humidity. However, if you keep these in another room in your home, you’ll want to be sure to regularly spritz their foliage with water to keep them happy!
- Broad Lady Palm: Loves moist air. Perfect for the bathroom
- Chinese Evergreen: Prefers low light and moist air. Another great plant for the bathroom.
- Boston Fern: Prefers indirect light and consistently moist soil. Great for well-lit bathrooms
A couple of air-purifying houseplants require minimal attention but need plenty of sun. These plants may be a better fit if you have a well-lit room, but you tend to forget about watering. Oops!
- Aloe Vera: Prefers plenty of sun and dry soil. Only water when the soil dries completely.
- Weeping Fig: Prefers bright but indirect sunlight. Lightly water when the top two inches of the soil feels dry.
The following plants require a bit more care than some of those mentioned above. These would be great to incorporate into your home after you’ve gotten the hang of some of the above air-purifying houseplants!
- Golden Pothos: Tolerates low to medium light and watering when soil is dry
- English Ivy: Prefers moist soil and plenty of direct sunlight
- Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue: Prefers bright, medium light and moist, well-drained soil
- Red-Edged Dracaena or Dragon Tree: Prefers medium sun and watering when soil feels dry
Prefer some flowers in your home? No problem. These two houseplants are a great way to bring color and beauty in your home and clean your air at the same time!
- Chrysanthemum or Garden Mum: Prefers plenty of sun and watering when soil is dry
- Barberton Daisy: Prefers sun and moist, well-drained soil
And there you have it. 14 air-purifying houseplants that can make your home a more comfortable, inviting place as well as a healthier place for you and your family to live in. Learn even more about keeping your indoor air clean and healthy in my post, 4 Natural Methods To Cleanse The Air In Your Home With Herbs.