18 House Plants for Indoor Air Purifying (Including Cat-safe Options!)

It’s time for our homes to become our own personal tropical jungle! While we’re at home for the time being, there’s no better hobby to pick up than gardening. It’s something that will make you feel wonderfully relaxed (and hopeful about things in general), while also having an important practical use: get house plants for indoor air purifying inside your home.

What’s more soothing in the morning than catching a glimpse of lush green plants sitting in their pots under the sunlight streaming in thorough the window? These are common house plants, easy to maintain, will filter your air, act as inexpensive décor, and many of them are even cat-safe (for those of us with naughty felines at home).

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19 House Plants for Indoor Air Purifying

Here are 19 easy-to-maintain house plants for that will filter and purify your indoor air (cat-safe plants are indicated as such):

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1.      ARECA PALM (DYPSIS LUTESCENS) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The breezy-looking Areca Palm is also known as Golden Cane because of its stem. It’s easy to grow and does a wonderful job in cleaning up your indoor air.

Areca Palm
Photo source: Ikea

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2.      BARBERTON DAISY (GERBERA JAMESONII) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The Barberton Daisy is a gorgeous ornamental plant, but it isn’t just about the looks. The plant packs a powerful punch when it comes to air cleaning.

BARBERTON DAISY
Photo source: houseplantsexpert.com

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3.      BAMBOO PALM (CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRIZII) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The bamboo palm evokes the warm, humid tropics where all you want to do is laze in the shade and nurse a margarita. It’s also pretty easy to maintain.

BAMBOO PALM

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4.      BANANA (MUSA ORIANA) /// SAFE FOR CATS

Another lush, tropical plant! The banana is useful at cleaning formaldehyde from the air, and produces a delicious fruit to boot.

banana plant

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5.      BOSTON FERN (NEPHROLEPIS EXALTATA ‘BOSTONIENSIS’) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The Boston Fern is a looker alright. This plant can filter out formaldehyde, benzene, and more. It’s a great addition to your bedroom for some calming vibes as well as cleaner air.

boston fern

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6.      BROADLEAF LADY PALM (RHAPIS EXCELSA) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The Lady Palm can look a bit scraggly when thirsty and neglected, but cleans up real nice. It’s sturdy and can survive tough times, so it’s always good to have around!

Lady palm-Rhapis Excelsia
Photo source: The Spruce

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7.      DENDROBIUM ORCHID (DENDROBIUM phalaenopsis)

Ah, orchids. If you’re not charmed by the colors on this plant, you may need to check your pulse While a lively addition to any room, the Dendrobium Orchid, which originates in Southeast Asia, thrives in warmer and more humid conditions.

DENDROBIUM ORCHID
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8.      DWARF DATE PALM (PHOENIX ROEBELENII) /// SAFE FOR CATS

The Dwarf Date Palm can grow pretty big for an indoor plant, despite its name. It’s very good at filtering out formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from the air.

DWARF DATE PALM
Photo source: Plant the Future

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9.    GOLDEN POTHOS (Epipremnum aureum) /// NOT SAFE for CATS or DOGS

They are known as the Devil’s Ivy, and are very hardy. They can take neglect, they grow quickly, and often thrive even in bland office lighting as well. In fact, your problem with them might be that they grow so fast that you’ll find yourself trimming the vines every other week! They sure proliferate. If you trim some vines, you’ll have to put the trimmed ones in a pot of water, and then they grow and grow…

Beware. The word ‘devil’ is in its name for a reason!;)

GOLDEN POTHOS
Photo source: Yates

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10.  KIMBERLY QUEEN FERN (NEPHROLEPIS OBLITERATA) /// SAFE FOR CATS

This ‘Medusa’ fern is a beauty, and is pretty easy to grow as well as maintain. 

Kimberly-Queen-Fern
Photo source: Planting Man

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11.  LILYTURF (LIRIOPE SPICATA) /// SAFE FOR CATS

Finally, some gorgeous looking flowers! The creeping lilyturf can certainly brighten up your home from the inside.  

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12.  MONEY BONSAI

The architectural tree trunk takes the plant to the next level, don’t you agree? Lol, it’s pretty! Real pretty. And it’s Bonsai, so it’s extra interesting for the Japanophile greenies reading this (hi!).

bonsai-money-tree
Photo source: Bonsai Tree Gardener

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13.  MOTH ORCHIDS (PHALAENOPSIS SPP.) /// SAFE FOR CATS

Colorful, cat-safe beauties, these orchids are lovely and inspiring to look at, and aren’t just ornamental. They’re cleaning the air while you gape at them.

moth orchid

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14.  PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum)

This plant with lush dark green leaves and white flowers is recommended as a great home companion. 

peace lily

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 15.  RUBBER PLANT (Ficus Elastica)

Rubber plants are tough and love being indoors despite being a tropical plant. They can grow up to 10 feet tall, so keep that in mind when you’re positioning it at home.

rubber plant

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16.  SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria)

It’s relatively easy to grow, easy to clean, and looks beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

snake plant

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 17.  SPIDER PLANT (CHLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM) /// SAFE FOR CATS

Arachnophobes need not worry: this is the harmless variety of spider – for you and your cat! This plant looks super elegant while filtering out formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from your indoor air. It’s suited to the indoors, and easy to grow.

spider plant

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18.  WEEPING FIG (Ficus Benjamina)

Grows well even in low light areas, and filters out formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It’s evergreen and a flowering plant (though it apparently rarely flowers indoors)!

weeping fig - house plants for indoor air purifying
Photo source: The Spruce / Cara Cormack

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So, that’s the big list! Remember to be careful if you have a cat at home, and take precautions. Also, if you have a cat at home, check out our post on all the houseplants that are safe for your cat.

As we’re stuck indoors now for the most part, it would do a world of good to introduce some of these plants into your home if you haven’t already. Plants calm us down and these plants are literally cleansing for us! And since they’re all easy to grow and maintain, even  ambitious but untalented wannabe gardeners like me can take a chance on them. 

If you have more suggestions for air-filtering indoor plants, let us know!

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