The best indoor plants to purify the air

Trying to make their home more comfortable and beautiful, as a rule, the owners acquire various decorative elements and furniture, while few people think about how this can affect the air quality. The fact is that these very "new things" can emit a variety of substances. Electrical appliances, linoleum, laminate flooring, etc. sometimes contain traces of formaldehyde, which in turn come into contact with the air in the room. But what can you do to fix it? Indoor plants can improve air quality in any home. Some of them can make the air cleaner by absorbing traces of smoke, dust and other particles, as well as heavy compounds that pose a danger to human health.

15 indoor plants that purify the air

Below we will talk in detail about several types of indoor plants that have a remarkable ability to purify the air, high decorativeness, while caring for them will not be difficult.


Chlorophytum can become "lungs" of any apartment. The fact is that it is able to absorb most of the toxic substances from the air, as well as carbon monoxide. It occupies a leading place among all indoor plants for the release of oxygen and for the ability to purify the air from formaldehydes.

Most growers believe that such a plant looks very simple. However, it is worth hanging it, choosing an unusual support for this, or decorating the pot with a cute pots, then the chlorophytum will immediately transform.

Plants that best clean the air in the apartment

Ficus Benjamin

Ficus Benjamin is also among the first among indoor plants that can make the air in a room clean. This plant is able to remove dust from the air, as well as various harmful compounds that are emitted by objects made of plastic and some furniture.

Such ficus is also interesting in that during growth, its stems can be twisted, if necessary, giving them various unusual shapes.


The plant spathiphyllum (Spathiphyllum) has beautiful flowers, which are often referred to by flower growers as "curtains". Such a plant can decorate almost any room, as it has a spectacular appearance. And it is also distinguished by its hard work: it quite well cleans the air in the room from mold spores, and also from formaldehyde and trichlorethylene.

Pelargonium (indoor geranium)

If you want to decorate your home with pelargonium, which is better known as indoor geranium, then you should take into account that it can have a negative effect on allergy sufferers. However, such a flower is indisputably useful, as it can cleanse the air of pathogenic microorganisms. This amazing property is due to the fact that the bush contains essential oils, and if a person has no contraindications, then they will also have a beneficial effect on his body. So, it was noticed that pelargonium normalizes the state of the nervous system and improves sleep.

Sansevieria ("mother-in-law's language")

Probably, many flower growers know that sansevieria, which is also called "mother-in-law's language", has a number of unusual properties. Even if in the summertime it is transferred to the balcony and left there for a month, then even under the scorching sun at plus 35 it will survive. If, as a result of an oversight, the bush dries up, it will need to be transferred to a shaded place and watered. After a little time, the bush will come to life, and if you also feed it, then in just a few months it will again delight you with its attractive appearance.

Such a flower is useful in that it can purify the indoor air from formaldehydes and nitrogen oxides, this fact has been proven by scientists. "Mother-in-law's language" is perfect for various rooms, including the nursery and the kitchen.

Hamedorea (bamboo palm)

A bamboo palm tree, or chamedorea (Chamaedorea), will become a real decoration of any home. This plant differs in that it is able to humidify the air, making it much easier to breathe in the room, and it can also cleanse it of formaldehydes. In such a plant, the name comes from a pair of Greek words, namely: "chamai", which translates as "dwarf" and "dorea" - "gift". But if you want to grow it in your home, then keep in mind that the bush in indoor conditions reaches an average height of 200 cm.However, such a palm tree is incredibly beautiful and also very useful. The most popular among flower growers are such species as: high chamedorea (Chamaedorea elatior) and graceful chamedorea (Chamaedorea elegans).


Many flower growers mistakenly believe that Gerbera, although very beautiful, is absolutely useless. And therefore it is used only to decorate their homes. However, few people realize that it is not as simple as it seems. The fact is that such a flower is able to remove benzene from the air, and it also helps to improve sleep.


A plant such as cypress (Chamaecyparis) is able to absorb dust from the air, and with it negative ions that are emitted by electrical devices. And this flower is also able to discharge the air in the room due to the fact that it gives up positive ions instead of absorbed negative ones. This makes the air much cleaner and fresher.

Orange and lemon trees

All lemon and orange trees have a positive effect on the air. The room where such a plant is located has air purified from various pathogenic bacteria and microbes.

Citrus contains essential oils that have a positive effect on the state of the human body, while the air in the room becomes very fresh. Such trees are interesting in that for some growers they grow well without much care, while others have to put a lot of effort so that such a plant does not die.


Begonia decorates windowsills in many homes and for good reason! The fact is that it is able to absorb dust, as well as humidify the air. But at the same time, the bush must be systematically moistened from the sprayer so that it can reabsorb the dust (like a vacuum cleaner).

And such a plant is capable of exterminating most of the microbes and fungi in the air. They also help to cope with the radiation of electrical appliances. Plus, during flowering, the bush looks incredibly impressive.

Laurel noble

Laurel is very popular with European flower growers, but in Russia it can be found not so often. However, this plant is incredibly healthy! It removes various pathogenic microbes and dust from the air, and can also help with a variety of diseases. Although it looks rustic in appearance, such a flower is distinguished by its powerful medicinal and cleansing effect.


Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia) is simply necessary to grow those people who often have lung disease. The fact is that such a plant is capable of exterminating staphylococci, which contribute to the development of various diseases. This flower can also identify and exterminate those toxic substances (xylene and toluene) that are emitted by the paintwork of walls or floors.


Another indoor plant that perfectly purifies the air is Dracaena. If you decorate your windowsill with such a flower, then you don't have to worry about exhaust gases or other unpleasant smell from the street getting into the room during ventilation. The fact is that such a bush cleans the air well from benzene, as well as from trichlorethylene, which can get into the room along with the exhaust.


Aloe is a very popular house plant for flower growers. It is able to absorb formaldehyde from the air, which is released by new furniture. And also such a flower can get rid of various diseases. It will be able to help with colds and runny nose. For the prevention and treatment of such diseases, it is recommended to drip a few drops of aloe juice into the nose. Aloe contains phytoncides that stimulate the brain, and also relieve physical fatigue.


A plant like Schefflera is perfect for smokers or those who have a smoker in their home. The fact is that it absorbs nicotine and tar from the air, while neutralizing them.

This flower has a very spectacular appearance, while it is part of the largest genus belonging to the Araliaceae family. You also need to take into account that the bush will have a rich green-yellow color only if it receives a very large amount of scattered light.

Whichever flower you choose, the most important thing is that you like each other. Also, when choosing a plant, one must take into account how poisonous it is for animals and children.


8 best indoor filter plants

Plants that effectively deal with air purification from toxins and chemicals:

  • Japanese aucuba,
  • chamedorea high,
  • spathiphyllum,
  • areca,
  • alternating hemigraphis,
  • aloe,
  • guzmania,
  • dieffenbachia,
  • Kalanchoe,
  • asparagus,
  • tradescantia,
  • ferns,
  • chrysanthemum mulberry,
  • bamboos,
  • aglaonema,
  • orchids,
  • Gerbera Jameson,
  • rhododendron sims,
  • nephrolepis and other ferns,
  • calatheas,
  • climbing philodendron.
Ficus in the interior of the children's room. © Maree Homer

Plants that filter the air from bacteria and viruses, emit phytoncides and perform preventive functions:

  • aloe,
  • myrtle,
  • a variety of bulbous,
  • primrose,
  • asparagus,
  • tradescantia,
  • aglaonema is moderate,
  • epipremnum,
  • pelargonium,
  • begonia,
  • oleander,
  • eucalyptus,
  • spurge,
  • crassula tree-like,
  • psidium,
  • fat woman,
  • cypress and other conifers,
  • rosemary,
  • citrus,
  • hedera helix.

Plants that cleanse the air from odors:

  • conifers,
  • rosemary,
  • lavender,
  • citrus.


Despite the fact that Saintpaulia (as the violet is called in the world of botany) is unpretentious, like many other indoor plants, it is sensitive to aggressive odors. It is for this reason that the proximity of sweet peas with its suffocating aroma and delicate violets will become fatal for the latter. A sad outcome awaits Saintpaulia even when it is placed next to a poisonous lily of the valley.

Although peonies are not fatal to a sensitive plant, planting them near violets is still not recommended. Lush bushes of peonies grow strongly, suppressing Saintpaulia. As a result, it slows down its growth and development.

Plants healers

Useful house plants are capable of not only purifying the air and saturating it with substances. They can also help with many health problems.

Aloe is considered one of the best healing plants. This flower has wound healing, anti-inflammatory, choleretic and antimicrobial effects. Its juice normalizes digestion, improves immunity, improves appetite, heals burns and wounds. Aloe is used to solve skin problems, as a remedy for the common cold, cough and colds, as well as for cosmetic purposes.


Geranium is also a useful plant for health. She can be considered the best home doctor. It maintains hormonal balance, eases the course of menopause, soothes, relieves stress, insomnia and depression, relieves stress. Geranium is often used to treat nervous disorders and is used even for cancer. It secretes a substance - geraniol, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties, destroys streptococcal and staphylococcal viruses. Geranium removes dampness and carbon monoxide from the air and repels flies.


Citrus fruits are no less useful plants for the home. They increase performance and brain activity, as well as improve mental health. The essential oils that their leaves secrete purify the air and prevent the development of pathogens. Citrus fruits improve tone, general condition and give a feeling of vitality.


People suffering from frequent colds, bronchial asthma and other problems with the respiratory system are advised to keep medicinal rosemary in the house.


Strengthens the lungs and speeds up the treatment of diseases related to them, asparagus. It releases substances into the air that improve the elasticity of the skin, heal skin lesions and fractures. Asparagus destroys harmful bacteria and absorbs heavy metals.


Useful indoor flowers include Kalanchoe, known for its healing properties. Its juice helps in the rapid healing of wounds, ulcers and burns. It relieves inflammation, helps with tonsillitis, sinusitis, periodontal disease, varicose veins and female diseases.

Indoor plants for the home. Harmony of greenery and style

How to decorate different areas of the apartment to be fashionable, stylish, and useful? I'm telling you!

Original kitchen decoration - moss... It is usually grown in wide trays, glass terrariums and pots. The perfect complement to eco-style and a great gift for Family Day!

Will relieve the smell of burning in the kitchen aspidistra... This plant is not afraid of drafts, perfectly moisturizes the air and partially absorbs noise. And dust collects no worse than a vacuum cleaner.

Cactus it is better to put it at the desktop. They reduce the effect of electromagnetic radiation. Perfectly fit into the interior in the style of minimalism.

Monstera - an excellent weather forecaster. Before the rain, its leaves are covered with small droplets. It grows up to 4–5 m. Be sure to settle it at home - and soon a beautiful tree will grow in the guest room.

Turning a balcony or veranda into a green oasis is easy. One has only to plant scindapsus - and the white walls will sparkle with green colors! Only have time to cook the grates. Curly vines love moisture (so you need a spray bottle), but it's better to hide them from direct sunlight.

Especially carefully you need to choose plants for the bedroom. Will be useful kalanchoe, chlorophytum and spathiphyllum.

Country-style interior will perfectly complement gerbera, pelargonium... Suitable for classic style violets and azaleas... And hi-tech will decorate podocarpus and calathea.

Agree, growing indoor plants in traditional pots is yesterday! Today it is fashionable to plant flowerpots in flasks, trays, vases, glass jars and even teapots.

In addition to caring for flowerpots, do not forget about wet cleaning and regular airing of the apartment. This is the guarantee of Your health and excellent well-being.

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