Best Air-Filtering Plants, According to NASA

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4. Xylene


Commonly used in the leather and paint industry – this toxic agent can cause irritation to the mouth and throat, headaches, liver and kidney damage as well as a coma!

5. Ammonia


Ammonia is found in your everyday cleaning agents such as window cleaners, fertilizers and floor waxes. Symptoms associated with short term exposure include eye irritation, coughing and a sore throat.

Here is a list of indoor plants which are most effective at filtering these harmful toxins and pollutants from the air.
indoor plants which are most effective at filtering these harmful toxins and pollutants from the air

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Some of these plants may however be toxic to cats, dogs and other pets. If you own pets, please do check the toxicity of the plant before introducing it into your home.

  1. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix robelenii)
  2. Bostern Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
  3. Kimberley Queen Firm (Nephrolepis obiliterata)
  4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  5. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaomema modestum)
  6. Bamboo Palm (Chamadorea seifrizii)
  7. Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
  8. Devils Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
  9. Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraenum)
  10. Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)
  11. Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  12. Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  13. Cornstalk Dracaena (Draceaena fragrans “Massangeana”)
  14. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  15. Varigated Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”)
  16. Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marinata)
  17. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
  18. Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

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  1. heldin

    April 20, 2016 at 10:32 am


  2. Tricia Jacobs

    April 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Also in the vaccines you all inject into your kids…

    • Donna Richardson

      August 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Totally agree…

  3. Arcelia Gonzalez-Ayala

    April 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Jose Tony Ayala lets get a plant for the inside of the house.

  4. Stacy Davidson

    April 22, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Brian Scott Davidson

  5. Nancy Damian

    April 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Raymond Navarro

  6. Marilyn

    June 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

    My best bet for air filtering plants are palms. There are small palm trees that can fit in a pot and even bear fruits as part of the indoor decoration. We call it pitugo, the small palm tree that bears round fruits like small coconuts. A professional gardener in the nursery said that palms are good for the cleaning of the air. Much more, they are sturdy and sunning once a week is enough for them.

  7. Robin

    July 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I am looking for a way to save this so I can print it to take to the local nursery to get help picking out plants for my home but can’t find a print or download function.

  8. G M

    September 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    On PC, type Ctrl-P to print. On Mac, type Command-P

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