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The 8 Best Air-Purifying Houseplants For a Healthy Home, According to NASA

Calling all apartment dwellers: You don’t need to have a yard to have plants.  In point of fact,  indoor plants serve up more than just major style to your home, they can also expel harmful chemical pollutants. What’s that? Pollutants in your home? Yes! We assume they are safe, but many popular household cleaners we use on a regular basis are dangerously toxic.

The most common of these chemicals, chlorine, and formaldehyde, can be commonly found in cleaning solutions like dishwater detergent, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.  And while the health risks from these pollutants can be small at first, they can manifest themselves as a respiratory irritant, which may cause serious problems down the road. The good news is indoor plants provide a natural way of removing these toxic agents from the air. So what are the best houseplants to buy?

Back in 1989, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) conducted a study on plants that can detoxify the air in space stations. The study eventually led to NASA releasing a definitive list of the best indoor plants for cleaning the air.

Ready to explore the best in houseplants? Keep scrolling.

1. ALOE

Delray Plants Aloe Vera in Pot ($6.99)
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Aloe 99 Aloe Vera Plant ($11.45)
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2. SNAKE PLANT

Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Sanseveria – 6″ Pot /unique-from jmbamboo ($24.99)
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Solution Gardens & Gifts 100 Seeds Snake Plant ($13.75)
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Asstd National Brand Asstd National Brand Nearly Natural Spathiphyllum Silk Plant with Vase ($425)
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3. PEACE LILY 

Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Live Peace Lily Plant in a 6″ White Pot
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Peace Lily Plant – Spathyphyllium – Great House Plant – 4″ Pot unique from jmbamboo ($15.99)
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4. ENGLISH IVY

Hirt’s Gardens Sweetheart English Ivy ($12.50)
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Seedusa LLC. (Seeds ONLY) English Ivy Hedera Helix 25 Seeds Air Purification Plant ($6.19)
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5. SPIDER PLANT

Ocean Spider Plant – 2 Plants – Easy to Grow – Cleans The Air – New – 3″ Pots
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Hirt’s Reverse Variegated Spider Plant – 4″ Clay Pot for Better Growth – Cleans The Air ($15.99)
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6. GERBERA DAISY 

Gerbera Daisy Seeds Giant Hybrid Mix ($5.84)
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Outsidepride Gerbera Daisy Flower Seed Plant Mix – 100 Seeds ($5.69)
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7. DRAGON TREE

Madagascar Dragon Tree – Dracaena marginata – 4″ Pot – Easy to Grow House Plant ($7.39)
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Dracaena Marginata Colorama – Tri-color Dragon Tree Houseplant From Jm Bamboo ($15.99)
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8. BAMBOO

Green Box Lucky Bamboo Plant ($19.99)
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Want more? Shop a large selection of these plants here.