Best Air Purifying Plants
(And How To Keep Them Alive)



Plants help improve air quality in many ways such as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Additionally, some plants can naturally purify the air you breathe. If you are looking for continued ways to decrease allergens and harmful toxins from the air, consider placing a few air purifying plants in your home. In this blog, we will highlight six air purifying plants and their benefits. Don't worry, for those that do not have green thumbs, we will explain how to keep them alive!


  1. Helps us breathe easily. Plants have the ability to create oxygen, which is vital to clean air and obviously human life. While plants use the process of photosynthesis, they are in taking carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, which is an equal process for humans releasing carbon dioxide and inhaling oxygen.
  2. Purifies air. A study done by NASA revealed that houseplants can remove toxic vapors in enclosed buildings. NASA also concluded that plants can reduce dust levels by up to 20%. Dust reduction is beneficial for residents with asthma or allergies.
  3. Improves health. Plants increase the humidity of the air, which isn't always a bad thing in Delaware! Humidity in your air can have multiple health benefits such as preventing dry throats and reducing the likelihood of allergies.
  4. Cost effective. Plants are the natural comparison to an air purifier and can be the cheaper option if properly taken care of.

Indoor Plants Are Also Known To:

  • increase mood and productivity
  • enhance concentration and memory
  • reduce stress and fatigue


Bamboo Palm

Transpires moisture into the air
Requires moist soil
Non Toxic to animals
Eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, and TCE.

Types Of Dracenas

  • Water depending on Dracena, usually low maintenance
  • Toxic to animals
  • Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, trichloroethylene

English Ivy

  • Water once the soil is dry. Does well in hanging baskets.
  • Toxic to humans and animals
  • Eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, and TCE.

Snake Plant

  • Water every 2-8 weeks
  • Toxic to animals
  • One of the few plants that continues to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, which can help you breathe easier while sleeping.
  • Eliminates: benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene

Chrysanthemum (Mums)

  • Water every other day, keep soil damp.
  • Toxic to animals
  • Ranked highest for air purification
  • Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, ammonia

Spider Plant

  • Water once a week
  • Non Toxic to children and animals
  • Eliminates: formaldehyde, xylene

You will breathe better air by keeping plants in your home. The air quality study NASA performed recommends one plant per 100 square feet. Here at Envirotemp, we can perform indoor air quality testing to determine the pollutants in your air. One of these six plants may help eliminate harmful toxins inside your home. Call us today to find out exactly what you are breathing and how we can help!