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What You Need to Know About Easy Care Houseplants that Purify the Air

Houseplants are wonderful additions to the home that add life, color and purify the air in living spaces.

Green up a space and it instantly feels more alive.

And my motto is the more plants the merrier.

How Do Houseplants Purify the Air?

Houseplants clean the air through a process called photosynthesis.

They remove toxins from the air by converting exhaled carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen.

Years ago, NASA researched how houseplants purify the air by diffusing toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzane, and trichloroethylene and filter the air we breathe.

It’s a pretty cool landmark study – you can read it here.

When I first started gardening, I was more of an outdoor gardener than an indoor gardener.

Over the years, I’ve been increasingly adding more plants to my home and the result is pretty amazing: we are sick less often.

Now I’m not suggesting or guaranteeing that you’ll never get sick but we have experienced far less colds and viruses through the years since adding more houseplants to our home.

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Easy Care Plants that Purify the Air

The Benefits of Adding Houseplants that Purify the Air

By adding a few plants, we have the ability to improve indoor air quality.

Do you get sick a lot or have bad indoor allergies?

Houseplants that purify the air - How to Care for Plants in Winter

Indoor air pollution directly impacts our health and comes from a variety of sources that include benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.

In addition to purifying the air, houseplants add life and character to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

They boost our mood and breathe life into otherwise empty spaces.

Houseplants and Amaryllis on Plant Shelf

Low Maintenance Houseplants that Purify the Air

For best practices, you’ll need about two plants per 100 square feet.

But since I’m giving you an easy-care, hard to kill list of plants, having more plants around will be pretty simple.

Oh, and if you want to know how to care for these houseplants, follow these tips for success.

And here are some tips to help you learn how to care for plants in winter.

Houseplants in the Shower

Snake Plant

Snake plants are one of my favorite houseplants.

They are super low maintenance, hardy succulent that thrives on neglect.

Sounds pretty easy right?

They can handle almost any light conditions.

Put them in a room with at least one window and don’t over-water them.

Easy Care Plants that Purify the Air
Sansevieria – Snake Plant Photo Credit to the Sill.

To give you a frame of reference, when mine is indoors, I water them maybe once a month.

They are so cool because they thrive on very little water and light as well as add lots of drama and life to living spaces.

My husband thought I was nuts for keeping this one at the cabin because there are times when we aren’t there for several weeks to possibly months, but it can go a long time without care.

If you are new to gardening or think you kill everything, try caring for a snake plant. You’ll find the most success with this one.

Easy Care Plants that Purify the Air
I’ve had my snake plant for several years. It’s one of my favorite houseplants. I split this one last summer and got about 7 new plants from it!

Aloe Vera

Aloe plants are another succulent plant that are super easy to care for.

They love a bright sunny spot and do not overwater because they prefer dry conditions.

Much like the snake plant, I probably water these like once a month.

I started with one Aloe plant and it’s been sprouting lots of babies.

Learn how to propagate aloe plants here.

Aloe is an Easy Care Houseplant that Purifies the Air

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is a great starter plant for beginning gardeners because it tolerates low light and drought, but also loves humidity.

Bathrooms are a great spot for them.

If kept in a less humid room, mist the leaves occasionally to keep them from browning.

Also, if it gets enough sunlight, it may produce a bloom.

I haven’t seen one yet on mine, but I’ll let you know when it happens!

Chinese Evergreen is an Easy Care Plant that Purifies the Air

Flamingo Lily

Flamingo Lily’s are gorgeous flowering houseplants that can bloom year-round but need indirect sunlight, humid temperatures, and water to thrive.

They do not like wet feet though, so check the soil before watering to be sure it is dry.

My daughter is a new plant mom and chose this one to start with.

Don’t you love those pretty flowers?

Flamingo Lily is an Easy Care Plant that Purifies the Air

Peace Lily

Peace Lily symbolizes sympathy.

They work grow well in partial sunlight, humid climates, and produce blooms.

If you have a pet, peace lily’s can be toxic to them. Be sure to keep out of their reach.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are resilient houseplants that grow well in bright, indirect sunlight with lots of water.

They are very easy to propagate when mature because they produce these little spiderettes that can be removed and rooted in water or soil.

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Pothos or Devil’s Ivy

Pothos is one of my favorite houseplants because it looks great on a shelf and vines down.

This plant loves indirect sunlight and only needs to be watered when dry.

If you are a self-proclaimed plant killer, try pothos because it’s nearly impossible to kill.

And it is so easy to propagate pothos too.


There are so many varieties of philodendrons.

I have a split leave philodendron that I picked up from Lowe’s several years ago.

When I purchased it in a small pot, it had only five leaves.

After one summer on my deck, it grew exponentially and gives off a tropical vibe.

Philodendrons thrive on very little care but they do need a good amount of light, so when indoors keep them near a bright sunny window.

Easy Care Houseplants that Purify the Air

This is my split-leaf philodendron and it LOVES to be outside! It requires such little care throughout the year and it so easy to grow.

If you are new to gardening or feel like you kill everything, start with one plant from this list and follow my tips on houseplant care.

You’ll be amazed at how good of a plant parent you actually are!

Easy Care Houseplants that Purity the Air

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  1. Stacy, I’ve never had a green thumb but this post has inspired me to get at least one plant in the house! Thank you

  2. What a great post Stacy. Sadly I seem to stink at house plants, but you have given me an extra good reason to give it another go! Thanks so much for sharing this great information.

    1. Thank you Chas! I used to stink with houseplants too. If you try any from this list – try snakeplant – you literally can’t kill it. xoxo

  3. Thank you for your time and effort in putting together these great pictures and tips. Around here (my home) I’ve been called the plant whisperer for my love of making things grow. Unknown to the others I used to be better at it. My old house I had the flower beds others envied. I could bring a rose stick back to life. Now our house has so much rock outside I can’t get anything really to grow, I’ve lost a few plants trying so now I am turning to house plants for now love my aloe. With your tips I now have a list to go plant shopping 😃 again thank you

    1. I am so glad you are finding it helpful! It’s amazing how different climates produce different results. We have a cabin in VT and the gardening there is very different from here in NJ. I’m so happy to meet you Lisa. Happy Sunday!

  4. Hi Stacy,
    I really like your website. I have to admit that I have killed many plants by over-watering them, but I bought a watering meter and it works great. My apartment is full of plants — I wish I had a bigger apartment!
    During the summer months, I have window boxes on the railing right outside my apartment door so when I open the door, I am greeted with beautiful colored leaves and flowers and they put a smile on my face.
    My landlord also gave me and another tenant permission to plant a garden on a small piece of ground that was basically dirt. We started this project at the end of last summer with 4 different flowering plants and every one bloomed this summer. We were so happy. Next spring, we plan to plant at least 2 more plants.
    I will continue to follow your website for helpful hints.

    1. Hi Elena! It is so nice to meet you! That is great that you can plant a garden outside!!! I got the gardening but while my husband and I lived in a small condo with no outdoor living space area. I started with a few houseplants but was able to tuck some annuals in two of the front beds that was shared with our downstairs neighbor. I was so happy to be able to plant something outside! xoxo

  5. Thank you for linking up at Embracing Home and Family! I am featuring this post on Friday! My mom is a house plant lady, so this post makes me smile! My daughters have caught on to her love for succulents, so my kitchen windows have been taken over!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! I am so grateful for the feature! That is so cool – isn’t it so neat to see the kids get into it? Houseplants are a lot of fun – took me a while to get the hang of them and I love how the green up my house when we are in the throws of winter. xoxo

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  7. I just added a bunch of plants to the kitchen after remodeling but we added a large fan in there and it seemed like it was drying all the plants out so of course I overwatered everything and now they are mostly dead so then I got some succulents oops they thrive outside but inside all dead … I’m about to repurchase plants for my containers but want mostly small plants I had a calle Lilly that did great at first and I do have a couple little vines still hanging in there 🙀 I did try the glass bulb watering things where u fill it with water and it waters as need when placed in the plants with stem in the ground and I would like your opinion on these ?
    Before these I killed about 30 orchids by leaving them in the ceramic containers I bought them in even . I’m about to try some new ones so I’ll try spider plants and vines and a new peace Lilly as it also is dead lol wish me luck and any updates would be great

    1. Hi Sandi! I’ve never tried those globes before. I check the soil before watering with all of my plants and that has dramatically helped them thrive and survive. They also really appreciate a summer vacation so I set mine out on my deck after all danger of frost has passed and bring them in before the first frost here. Keep them out of direct sunlight when they are outside though. I hope this helps!!! xoxo