You can significantly improve the air quality in your apartment with the addition of air-purifying plants. These plants provide clean air by removing common household pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

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Using potted shrubs that are also air purifiers combines the aesthetic beauty of indoor plants with substantial health benefits. Here are some of the best choices for clean-air botanicals:

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is one of only a few flowering clean-air plants. The unique white blooms are made of a single petal and add class and distinction to any room. A NASA study in the 1980s discovered the cleansing capabilities of this indoor plant after it was found to remove not only formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from its environment, but also ammonia, xylene and other less-common pollutants. The Peace Lily will grow in both low-light and bright light conditions, though its flowers require full sun.

Golden Pothos

This incredibly durable houseplant is not only virtually indestructible, but is also an efficient air purifier. It is most often potted in hanging baskets as its long tendrils have a tendency to hang down over the edge of whatever container it is grown in.

Aloe Vera

This houseplant contains a number of healing properties. In addition to promoting clean air through the removal of pollutants, the gel inside this plant can help heal minor cuts and burns. This succulent is best kept in sunny window and requires little watering.

English Ivy

An evergreen climbing plant, English Ivy thrives in low-light conditions. If you suffer from indoor allergies, this may be a great option for you, as it has been shown to remove common allergens from the air. Be sure to keep the soil of this plant moist but not waterlogged, as doing so could incite mold growth.

Chinese Evergreen

This exotic shrub comes in a variety of different colors and produces an abundance of foliage. They require a humid environment that can be imitated with daily misting. Certain species are known to produce blooms and berries.

Heart-Leafed Philodendron

This plant is a workhorse when it comes to pumping out clean air. However, it is highly toxic when ingested so should be kept away from pets and young children. Proper care and maintenance will result in a climbing vine with beautiful leaves.

Rubber Plant

This Indian shrub lends a tropical vibe to the room with its broad, waxy leaves. The shiny foliage comes in a variety of types with some species even exhibiting a purplish hue. It requires full sun or bright filtered light along with a high-nitrogen fertilizer and moderate watering. This plant is liable to grow very large so pruning may be necessary. You can maintain the luster of the leaves by wiping them with a damp cloth regularly.


Chrysanthemums (or mums for short) are technically outdoor plants that can be transitioned inside very effectively. The shrub is known for its beautiful flowers that come in a large variety of different shades and colors. Direct sunlight is ideal to coax open the buds on this decorative plant that has been shown to be an effect filter of benzene.