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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

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Delray Plants Aloe Vera in Pot ($8.16) ($6.99)

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Kauai Garden Aloe Vera Plant ($17.89)

2. SNAKE PLANT

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JM Bamboo Snake Plant ($19)

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Solution Gardens & Gifts 100 Seeds Snake Plant ($13.75)

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Spathiphyllum Silk Plant with Vase ($225)

3. PEACE LILY 

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Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Peace Lily Plant ($29.69)

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JM Bamboo Peace Lily Plant ($10.99)

4. ENGLISH IVY

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Hirt's Gardens Sweetheart English Ivy ($12.50) ($4.99)

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seedusa English Ivy Seeds ($10.95) ($9.95)

5. SPIDER PLANT

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Hirt's Gardens Ocean Spider Plant ($6.50) ($4.99)

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Hirt's Gardens Spider Plant ($9.99)

6. GERBERA DAISY 

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Specialty Seeds Gerbera Daisy Seeds ($5.50)

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Flower Seed Gerbera Mix ($5.69)

7. DRAGON TREE

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Hirts: House Plant Madagascar Dragon Tree ($8.99) ($7.99)

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JM Bamboo Dracaena Marginata Colorama ($9.99)

8. BAMBOO

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Green Box Lucky Bamboo Plant ($19.99)