In 1989, NASA did their first clean air study on how certain plants combat certain harmful conditions within our environment. The book “How to Grow Fresh Air is an excellent resource on which air filtering plants to introduce into your home or office.

Sadly our air inside is more toxic than the outside air we breathe. The following 18 plants that clean our air naturally according to that NASA study.

Plant, removes:

  • English ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Green Spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
  • Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
  • Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  • Variegated snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
  • Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)
  • Selloum philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
  • Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)
  • Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  • Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  • Barberton daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Aloe vera (Aloe vera)
  • Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”)
  • Warneckei (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”)
  • Banana (Musa oriana)