Best Clean Air Plants

We live in a double-wide trailer. Can you suggest some plants that might clean the air that won’t grow too big?

Hi Toni,

There are several medium-small houseplants that are considered great plants for cleaning the air. You can read all my care tips for growing each of these plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Although these plants do clean the air of toxic chemicals, many are poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched, immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.  More poisonous houseplant information and pictures of common plants that are dangerous to children and pets can be found in my book Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants plants and should be kept away from pets and children.

Flowers on Peace Lily Plant

Peace Lily

Green and white spider plant
Spider Plant
Dark green and gray Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen
Heartleaf Philodendron
Philodendron Scandens
Green and yellow Pothos Plant
Pothos Plant
Red Chrysanthemum Flowers

Check out the Plant Wizard section of the  website for a complete list of all the best clean air sitting, standing, flowering, and hanging Clean Air PlantsCertain houseplants clean the air of harmful chemicals..