Top 10 Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

This is from, believe it or not, the Earthship website.  We’ll be talking about Earthships on Tuesday’s green building episode of This Green Earth.  (Google Earthship and Images if you haven’t the slightest idea what I’m talking about).  Anyway, one of the best things you can do in your home or office for indoor air quality is buy a plant.  Here are the top 10 plants and how they can help your indoor environment.  I added the photos, because I don’t recognize plants by their names, but otherwise this is all theirs:

Adiantum absorbs radiation from computers and printers.
Adiantum absorbs 20 micrograms of formaldehyde per hour and it is considered the most effective natural cleaner.  If you work with paint or have smokers around you, you should consider Adiantum.  This plant also absorbs Xylene and Toluene released by monitors and printers.

Aloe “signals for help” when in excessively harmful air.
Aloe is dubbed as an air cleaning expert. One pot of aloe is equal to nine biological air cleaners.  Aloe absorbs formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. When the amount of toxins in the air have exceeded healthy amounts the leaves on the Aloe plant become spotted, signaling for help.

Rubber trees are helpful in eliminating harmful substances.
The rubber tree is a multi-functional cleaner that eliminates harmful substances in the air.  They can absorb carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and they collect granules which help reduce the dust around you.

Asparagus can kill viruses and bacteria.
The fragrance of asparagus absorbs the bacteria and viruses in the air which can help optimize your health.



Ivy is the king in absorbing formaldehyde.
Ivy is the most effective indoor plant in absorbing formaldehyde.
Ivy per square meter can absorb 1.49 grams of formaldehyde.  It also absorbs harmful substances like benzene.  In 24 hours, ivy can absorb 90% of indoor benzene.


Cacti is the best in reducing radiation and bacteria.
Cacti is very strong in eliminating bacteria.  In tackling pollution, cacti is also great at reducing radiation.  In addition, cacti absorbs carbon dioxide at night to release oxygen. Putting cacti in the room is helpful in sleeping and supplementing oxygen.


Chlorophytum (umm, isn’t this a spider plant?) is an air filter itself.
Chlorophytum can perform photosynthesis under weak light and absorb harmful air.  One pot of Chlorophytum in 200 square foot room is enough to perform as an air filter, which releases oxygen and absorbs carcinogens like formaldehyde and styrene. Chlorophytum is very strong in absorbing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.  It decomposes benzene and nicotine in tobacco as well.

Clivia keeps air fresh in winter.
One adult Clivia can absorb one liter of air and release 80% of oxygen overnight.  It can perform photosynthesis under very weak light.  Two or three pots of clivia in a room can absorb the smoke. In winter in the north, even with doors and windows closed, Clivia can adjust the air make it fresh.

Monstera improves air quality at night.
Monstera is really good at absorbing formaldehyde.  It also absorbs carbon dioxide at night and releases the oxygen, so it is helpful in improving air quality. It is also good looking and relatively easy to maintain.


Pachira absorbs smoke well.
If you can’t avoid smokers in your life, you can put pachira around you, which is effective at absorbing smoke. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and monoxide, and releases oxygen.

About Katie Noble

Katie Noble is a real estate agent at Summit Sotheby's International Realty in the beautiful Heber Valley, Utah. She is a real estate professional in every sense of the word. Katie started her career at the age of five with a paintbrush in hand varnishing stairs in her parents’ vacation home in Cape Cod. She’s still not sure who would give a paintbrush to a five-year-old, especially one prone to knocking things over, but everyone survived even if there was an odd lump hidden under the carpet for years after. After graduating with honors from Colgate University with a degree in History, Katie's career ambition was to save the whales. In furtherance of this goal (and truly to avoid door to door canvassing talking about whales with strangers), she attended law school at the University of Utah College of Law in Salt Lake City, mostly because it was a great school and they gave her a scholarship. She thought that paying for law school herself and going all the way across the country would keep her family out of her business. Two words: flawed logic. Unable to find any whales in Utah that needed saving, Katie worked for The Nature Conservancy during law school. They told her she needed experience as a real estate attorney, so she dutifully went back to Boston and flew up the corporate ladder as a commercial real estate lawyer at prestigious law firms, such as Saul Ewing and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. At a fairly young age, she became General Counsel for a multifamily investment firm, working primarily on $100 Million - $1 Billion apartment transactions. After ten years practicing law, sailing, and buying and selling her own properties in Boston and Newport, RI, Katie missed her old Utah life: the mountains, the sun, the snow, and the open spaces. Not one to fear change, Katie started a family and a new career selling real estate shortly after returning to Park City. Katie started selling commercial real estate for Commerce CRG then moved to residential as part of a top producing team. She now works on her own selling exclusive properties at the wonderful Summit Sotheby's agency. Katie loves helping people sell their homes and find their dream home or vacation property. She equally loves the logic and numbers involved in commercial real estate sales and development. Katie is a listener, negotiator, diplomat, advisor, and a trusted friend to all. True to her promise to save something (even if it wasn’t whales), several years ago she founded the successful non-profit Pure Midway which is dedicated to preserving Midway’s open spaces. Katie lives in Midway with her husband, young daughter, Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever and a rescue cat named Spanky. She loves art, traveling, baking, reading, hiking, skiing, mountain biking and hosting very last-minute parties, especially if they involve costumes.
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24 Responses to Top 10 Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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  3. Norma Barrett says:

    thank you thank you thank you

  4. niasunset says:

    Reblogged this on photographyofnia and commented:
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  5. adinparadise says:

    Thanks for this useful information. 😉

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  8. La'Tisha Few says:

    Nature is just so awesome…thanks for sharing this info!

  9. madi says:

    what kind of cactus is that?

  10. sakare says:

    thank you very much.!

  11. Reblogged this on Draconianrain's Blog and commented:

    • Noble says:

      So, this post is old but recently we’ve been having some kind of weird health issues and we thought it might be our new furniture in the bedroom. I had to get the glamorous mirrored furniture instead of something more eco-friendly and healthy. We had no problems in summer when the windows were open but I seemed to feel worse in the winter. New furniture offgases formaldehyde and some other things from the glues and, in our case, the paint. I just bought ivy, a spider plant and a cactus for the bedroom and I swear I have had a couple of better night’s sleep. Could be psychosomatic could be real, who knows? Anyway, they look pretty and they might be helping. I always kill plants so I never buy them, but I’m thinking maybe I can keep these alive – especially the cactus!

      • I’m glad you feel it’s helping you! I rarely have owned cactus. Where I live they have always died because it’s been too humid but when we moved our cactus and succulent plants have thrived. i’ve only recently started getting indoor cactus and aloe vera and I feel it helps liven up the over all mood of my home. It does help me feel better that something is helping to clean the air and generate fresh air. I hope it might help improve our health as well. I use to be very sick. Couldn’t go one day without sneezing or asthma until I went as all natural as I possibly could. I feel so much better now. I’m still working on improving my home environment.

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