The 8 best plants for air purification according to NASA

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Beautify your stuffy room with these air-purifying houseplants. (Photo credit: Getty)
Beautify your stuffy room with these air-purifying houseplants. (Photo credit: Getty)

Is it just us or does it feel stale when you spend so much time in your home?

A lack of airflow in your home, according to the EPA, can cause indoor air pollution to build up and worsen health problems such as asthma and allergies. Your furniture, the materials in your walls and your carpet can also contain toxins. So it’s worth finding a way to filter the air in your home.

Before investing in an expensive air purifier, we thought we’d try a few houseplants first – they’re much cheaper – and look a lot nicer. And while plants may not have the power of industrial machines, NASA recommends some to get rid of the toxins in your air.

According to the NASA study on clean air, which has found ways to purify the air in sealed space stations, plants can absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen into the air and remove pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene. These chemicals can cause skin, ear, eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as some cancers, according to the EPA.

The study suggests that at least one plant per 100 square feet can effectively purify the air. So fill up your space with these eight detox plants hand-picked by NASA to purify the air in your house.

33 ”live snake plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)33 ”live snake plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)
33 ”live snake plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)

This plant is ideal for your bedroom and unique in its ability to release oxygen at night. Snake plants can also produce enough oxygen in an airtight room for people to breathe normally. It is one of the best plants for filtering the air of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene and trichlorethylene. Water it about once a week, let the soil dry between waterings, and keep it by a window.

Buy it: 33-inch live snake plant in a basket, $ 64 (previously $ 73), wayfair.com

32 ”Live Peace Lily plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)32 ”Live Peace Lily plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)
32 ”Live Peace Lily plant in a basket (Photo credit: Wayfair)

If you love having flowers in the house, this is a great option. A peace lily produces fragrant flowers all summer long and effectively removes ammonia, formaldehyde, trichlorobenzene and benzene from the air. It grows best in shady areas and with moist soil. However, be careful as this plant can be poisonous if eaten by children or pets.

Buy it: 32 ”Live Peace Lily Plant in a Basket, $ 87 (was $ 93), wayfair.com

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58 “bamboo palm (photo: flower landscape)

This fast growing houseplant looks majestic and is safe for children and pets. In the dry winter months, it adds moisture to the air and thrives in indirect sunlight, away from cold drafts. Take care of it by keeping the soil moist and misting the leaves.

Buy it: 58-inch bamboo palm, $ 195, bloomscape.com

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22 “Salon Palm (Photo credit: Bloomscape)

This palm is perfect for new plant parents and requires minimal maintenance. It is best suited for medium to poor lighting conditions and does not require a lot of water. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Buy it: 22-inch salon palm, $ 65, bloomscape.com

22 ”Lady Palm Plant in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)22 ”Lady Palm Plant in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)
22 ”Lady Palm Plant in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)

This elegant palm tree is one of the best indoor plants to purify the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene. Store it in a window with indirect sunlight and soak the floor when it dries up.

Buy it: 22-inch Lady Palm (3 gallons), $ 75, etsy.com

Dracaena marginata in 6-inch pot (Photo credit: Etsy)Dracaena marginata in 6-inch pot (Photo credit: Etsy)
Dracaena marginata in 6-inch pot (Photo credit: Etsy)

This drought-tolerant plant is good for beginners. It thrives in the light. Periodically wipe the underside of the sheets with a damp cloth to ensure that your air can be filtered properly. Place it in a partially shaded area and spray the floor with room temperature water instead of soaking it up. Careful, it is not pet friendly.

Buy it: Dracaena Marginata in 6-inch pot, $ 25, etsy.com

32 ”Dracaena Marginata in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)32 ”Dracaena Marginata in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)
32 ”Dracaena Marginata in a pot (Photo credit: Etsy)

This plant with minimal maintenance requires care similar to that of the red-edged Dracaena and grows in elegant stems.

Buy it: 32 ”Dracaena Marginata in Pot, $ 70, etsy.com

54 ”Dracaena Janet Craig in a pot (Photo credit: Bloomscape)54 ”Dracaena Janet Craig in a pot (Photo credit: Bloomscape)
54 ”Dracaena Janet Craig in a pot (Photo credit: Bloomscape)

This plant lives from neglect and loves dim light – and you won’t find anything more majestic. Care like your other Dracaenas above.

Buy it: 54 ”Dracaena Janet Craig in Pot, $ 195, bloomscape.com

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