It’s days like today…wintery and white, when it’s nice to think about greenery.  So let’s chat indoor plants shall we?  Plants look great in a home but if you don’t have a green thumb it can be intimidating to bring one home. So let’s look at a few varieties that are nearly impossible to kill and on top of that have the awesome benefits of cleaning the air:


Did you know indoor air  pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and indoor air allows pollutants to build up and stick to the things inside of your home?

Fortunately, houseplants can help us solve some of these air quality issues.  Let’s check them out!

Spider Plant

Spider plants are incredibly easy to grow and perfect for beginners.  It lights bright, indirect light and sends out shoots with flowers on them that will eventually grow into baby spider plants that you can propagate yourself. Before too long, you’ll have more spider plants than you’ll know what to do with.



Garden Mum

This plant was found by NASA to be a real air-purifyer. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home’s air. It’s popular and inexpensive, plus they can be planted outside too.


Ficus trees are  able to grow quite large depending on the type of pot you have them in. They  stand between 2 and 10 feet tall and have some serious air cleaning abilities. You can also keep it outside in the spring and summer. The ficus removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.


First off, this is not the best choice if you have pets (toxic to dogs and cats) .  There are over 40 kinds of dracaena plants, which makes it easy to find the right one for you. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. 

Peace Lily


The peace lily has beautiful flowers are are hard to kill and have great air cleaning abilities. They flower through most of the summer and prefer shady spots with moist but not soggy soil. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Snake Plant

Very common,  the snake plant is hard to kill and need water only occasionally and prefer drier conditions. They don’t need much direct sunlight either. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palms are most effective at filtering formaldehyde. They thrive in full sun and bright light. They grow as high as 12 foot too, making them an incredible presence indoors. They remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

Aloe Vera

Aloe removes formaldehyde effectively from indoor air. It also has health benefits when consumed in smaller amounts, helps relieve burns, and cleans your indoor air as well.

Boston Fern


This plant likes cool locations with high humidity and indirect light. Bathrooms are a perfect spot.  They remove pollutants like xylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

Do you have any plants you would add to this list?!

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