House plants you can’t kill that will kill your air pollutants

March 17th, 2017

Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors. Allergens, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants travel throughout our inside space’s air on any given day. In the late 1980’s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied using houseplants to purify the air of space facilities. They discovered that several houseplants can significantly help improve the quality of the air, and lucky for us- help clean indoor air on Earth, too!

Here are some common, low maintenance house plants to help spruce up your spaces while purifying your air.  


Spider Plant

One of the most adaptable and easiest to grow houseplants, a spider plant removes formaldehyde and xylene from your home or office spaces. It is a great plant for beginner or forgetful houseplant owners as it only needs bright, indirect sunlight and well-drained soil. Water regularly, but spider plants tend to like to dry out between watering. 



With over 40 varieties to choose from, Dracena is an air pollutant eater- removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, and xylene from your air. Choose a bright area to keep the plant in, but avoid direct sunlight. The plant is toxic to cats or dogs when eaten, so tell your furry friends keep their paws off. 


One of the more common indoor plants, Ficus trees have been proven to eliminate airborne formaldehydes, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They can grow anywhere from two to ten feet in height and require bright, indirect sunlight. Keep them in a shady spot during the warmer months and you’ll be sure to keep your Ficus alive. 


Peace Lilies

The summer blooming, fragrant flowers are just a bonus to this ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene destroying powerhouse. They grow best in shady areas and are the perfect addition for any new plant parent. Plant it with your spider plant for a great pair of chemical cleansing friends- they can happily live together. The soil should stay moist, but do your best not to overwater. 


Aloe Vera

Spring cleaning will turn into summer adventures before we know it. Aloe Vera is easy to care for, removes formaldehyde from the air, and serves as a natural healer for all your accidental sunburn- a triple threat to your other house plants. The clear liquid inside of the plant is filled with vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids that are wound healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory solutions. 



Not only is this evergreen, climbing vine easy to care for, it can help substantially reduce the amount of mold in your air! Ivy prefers to be kept slightly on the dry side and in low light. They like their leaves to be misted a couple of times a week but are otherwise pretty self-sustaining. The leaves and berries of the plant can contain glycoside hederin, which are poisonous to humans and pets. Keep your mold eater in a protected area and it should do its job to help purify your air! 


Fossil Creek Nursery is located at 7029 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525.