Indoor Plants for Good Air Quality and Health

These are indoor plants for good air, they are out there, and are amazing for your health. These plants increase oxygen, pull toxins out of the air, and can even prevent mold. Most of the indoor plants on this list are common and easy to come by too. So if you are looking to improve your air quality, whether it be in your bedroom, where you sleep 8 hours a night, or in the lounge where the family spends the most time, these plants are sure to leave a good mark on your general health

Indoor plants for Good Air

Common Indoor Air Toxins

These are some of the most common air toxins that you can find indoors. Some of these toxins can actually poison a person, and can even cause cancer. Mildy these toxins cause sore throat, dry eyes and redness, cough, and heavy chest.

  • Volatile Organic chemicals (VOC), are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility. A lot of VOCs and human-made – like paint and refinements.
  • Benzene, which comes from products like glues, paint, and furniture waxes
  • Formaldehyde is a really common indoor air pollutant. You can find it in wallpaper, foam insulation, plywood, synthetic fabric, and some cosmetics
  • Ammonia, decomposed material, and animals produce this.
  • Xylene, you can find this in paint, varnish, and cigarette smoke, and you can find surprisingly is indoors often
  • carbon monoxide, burning fuel in stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces will produce this.

Indoor Plants that are Good for your Breathing Air


I find these hard to care for, but peace lilies are actually amazing for health. This plant is excellent at keeping the indoor air clean. The peace lily is actually known as one of the best indoor air purifiers. It helps get rid of volatile organic chemicals from your breathing air.

Peace Lily

Snake Plant

Super common and so easy to care for, seriously just neglect these and they will thrive. Snake plants are great at removing indoor air nasties such as formaldehyde and benzene, and the snake plant also helps to filter out ammonia. It’s crazy to think that the snake plant can remove up to 87% of harmful toxins at night. This is definitely one to keep in the bedroom

Aloe Vera

Usually known for its skin benefits, and can be kept indoors and outdoors, aloe vera is also good for indoor air health. Aloe Vera literally cleans the air 24/7. So if you have this plant in your outdoor garden, don’t be afraid to bring this to your indoor plant collection too.

Rubber Plant

The rubber plant is good for health because it can absorb those nasty chemicals in the air and this plant also eliminates mold spores in the air too. Also, the Rubber plant can be used to treat skin rashes. Simply by applying the leaves to the affected area. This is definitely an all-rounder medical plant that needs to be in your indoor plant collection.

rubber plant

Spider Plant

Because this plant is easy to grow and even easier to propagate it’s one of my favorites to give to friends, and it has been great for health as a bonus. This plant actually cleans the indoor air by absorbing chemicals including formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide.

English Ivy

This evergreen plant grows like crazy, but that is a good thing when it comes to your health. As this plant purifies the air. The English ivy can remove up to 90% of benzene over 24 hours! This plant is more commonly known for its medicinal properties. It can be used to treat treating upset stomachs, colds, and coughs, it’s a silent health worker too in the home.

Chinese EverGreen

Next is the Chinese evergreen, This plant is actually on NASAs list of air-purifying plants. This plant helps to remove benzene and formaldehyde. This is a great choice if you are in an area with low air circulation like an apartment, this plant is ideal for you.

chinese evergreen

These are the best 7 house plants to improve your health.

Indoor plants for Good Air

If you are a house plant collector, you probably have one or two already from this list, if it’s in a place with not much traffic, why not move it to an area where you spend most of your time and get the best out of your house plant friends?

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