7 virtually indestructible plants to optimize your indoor air quality

With winter here, it’s hard to willingly air-out your home. But no one likes that old musty, stale smell you inevitably seem to get. Think you don’t have one? Think again. You just may not have noticed because you’ve been living in it but I guarantee you, your guests do. One great way to improve your indoor air quality? Get some greenery.

But better smelling, fresher air is not the only benefit!

On average, people spend > 90% of their time indoors. The problem is that furnishings, upholstery, cleaning products, and a whole bunch of other items in your home all release chemicals like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and ammonia into the air. Furthermore, outdoor air pollutants and mold can find their way indoors - all leading to a wide range of health effects including headaches, eye irritation, and drowsiness. Plants can help mitigate these issues and improve your air quality. They absorb particulates in the air and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Microorganisms in the soil also contribute to the air cleaning. With the decrease in toxins and increase in oxygen, you’ll avoid those nasty health effects and lose that mental fatigue. Bonus - they’re decorative and nice to look at.

Our List

The list of plants below is based on NASA’s Clean Air study that found certain plants to be particularly effective at removing those nasty chemicals. But I’ve altered the NASA list a bit because I know we all aren’t master gardeners. The list below is 7 low-maintenance plants that you would have to basically try to kill. I know because, prior to this, I killed every plant I owned and every plant I’ve tried on this list, I’ve kept living (6 years and counting!).

*Before you go out and buy all of these plants though if you have pets or children, be sure to research potential toxicities. For pets, here’s a great list provided by the ASPCA.


1. Spider Plant

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2. Peace Lily

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3. Aloe Vera

Bonus: Releases O2 and absorbs CO2 at night, making this a great addition to a bedroom
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4. Rubber Plant


5. English Ivy


6. Devil’s Ivy

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7. Snake Plant

Like aloes, releases O2 and absorbs CO2 at night, making this a great addition to a bedroom
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Too many choices? Why not let an experienced guide help you. Schedule your free initial consult now to learn how we can help you improve your air quality, remove toxins from your life, and so much more!

Kelly Fox