The 10 Best Air Purifying Houseplants

The best easy to grow, air-purifying houseplants!

I’m so over winter already. This is the first week that we’ve had below freezing temps here in NJ and I’m ready for spring. I’m ready to get outside and start working on my flower beds. But since I have a long wait and we are expecting snow this weekend,  I’m experimenting with some indoor plants.

I like to think I have a green thumb but my husband, John will try to tell you otherwise. As I always mention, fresh greens and flowers can really wake up your space. When picking house plants I try to pick varieties that purify the air as well,  which is especially helpful when we are stuck indoors for weeks on end.

I put together this list of the 10 best air-purifying house plants, most of which are very easy to grow.

The 10 Best Plants To Purify The Air

1. Peace Lily:  These top the list as far as air-purifying goes. I’ve had a peace lily plant for years and it’s very low maintenance which is an added benefit. Just don’t put it outside in the sun, I ended up losing mine when I did that.

peace lily

2. Ivy:  I recently bought a little ivy plant which I have displayed in a basket with several other pretty plants. Visually, it’s adding life to the room while helping purify the air at the same time.

basket of air-purifying  houseplants that are easy to grow and purify the air

3. Ferns:  These are resilient plants, I have one garden outside where nothing ever survives except the ferns. My husband calls those the prehistoric ferns.

These are great low light houseplants and come in several varieties. The one below is a Maidenhair Fern, one of my favorites because of its delicate leaves. However, the maidenhair is fussy and not as easy to keep alive.

Ferns are a great choice for air-purifying houseplants and the maidenhair fern is especially pretty with its delicate leaves.

4. Spider Plant:  According to this article, spider plants are one of the most adaptable houseplants.

spider plants

image via Apartment Therapy

5. Snake Plants: I read another article that the best place to keep snake plants (shown on the floor, center below) is in the bedroom because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night.

plant corner

6. Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera plants are part of the succulent family and provide a multitude of benefits. Besides helping to clean the air, they provide a medicinal gel within their leaves. You probably already know that aloe vera is a good treatment for skin irritations such as burns, but it has other healing properties too.

aloe vera plant

Sometimes I’ll combine succulents into a single pot for a pretty indoor succulent garden.

7. Purple Passion Plant: The purple passion plant is unique due to its fuzzy leaves. In addition to keeping the air fresh, it’s very easy to grow and very easy to propagate.

You can simply snip a piece of the plant and place it in a glass of water. Within a week or so, you’ll see new roots sprouting. Once they look fully developed, place the new cutting into its own planter with dirt. This is one of my new cuttings below.

purple passion houseplant

When it comes to displaying indoor plants, the purple plant is a beauty with long trailing vines.

8. Rubber Plant:  The rubber tree plant is part of the fig family and prefers bright but indirect sunlight. It can grow up to 10 feet tall. Because of that, they may not be the best house plant for small spaces unless you want to make a dramatic statement, like this beautiful one below.

rubber tree plant

 image via: Jungalow

9. Weeping Fig:  The weeping fig tree plant doesn’t like changes in light or temperature, so keep it in the same place for the best results.

the weeping fig tree plant is a great air purifying houseplant

10. Pothos: Pothos plants not only clean and help purify the air, but they are also one of the easiest to grow indoors. They look amazing in hanging baskets as the leaves drape beautifully. They also come in several different shades of green.

air purifying houseplants

In case my daughter, who is studying animal science,  happens to read this I cannot end this post without mentioning that some house plants can be toxic to animals. If you have pets you should check with your vet on that. My dog doesn’t bother with my plants but the cats are a different story. Case in point shown below.

Christmas Cactus


  1. This is so helpful! I have one spot in my dining room where a big plant would work perfectly. I might as well make it a air purifying one!

  2. Oooo I love this list! I would like to bring more plants inside, so you definitely gave me lots to think about and choose from!

  3. Thank you for the list and the beautiful pictures. I want to include more living plants in my decorating because it’s healthy and it looks good, and these plants would all be great. Pinning so I can work on having more plants.

  4. thank you for the lists. Ivy is in my top wish list now.

    1. What a refreshing sight to see in January! The last plant on the list is a philodendron brasil (pothos are similar). The countdown to spring is on!

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