• Ashley Goldman

Best Plants to Purify the Air in Your Home

I am a sucker for a cute house plant, but did you know that they can purify the air in your home? Since Americans spend most of their time indoors, healthy air quality should be a top priority. Choosing the right air purifying plants for your home can detoxify the air in your living spaces, meaning your houseplants not only look lovely but work a little harder to clean the air you breathe in.

NASA's Clean Air Study found that there are a number of air-purifying plants that can detoxify your home from the airborne toxins, dusts and germs that can be found in a variety of household products, materials and furniture.

So give your home a pop of color with a cute potted plant and also a breath of fresh air! Here is my list of the best purifying plants that I pulled from the NASA Clean Air Study...

1. Snake Plant

I currently have one sitting beside my couch and it’s my favorite little guy. These plants release oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while sleeping. It is one of the best plants for filtering the air of formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. They also happen to be very trendy right now, so this is a win-win in my books!

2. Spider Plant

The resilient spider plant is the perfect choice for a plant newbie. It will quietly battle toxins including carbon monoxide and xylenea. Additionally, it is one of the only plants that is not toxic to animals!

3. Aloe Vera

A personal favorite of mine, these babies go perfectly in a sunny window or well lit space! While being on hand to soothe any burns, this succulent will be purifying the air of formaldehyde and benzene, which are found in varnishes, floor finishes, and detergents.

4. Chinese Evergreen

This tropical plant is proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, which are unfortunately found in detergents and cosmetics. I also love the color of this plant and the white touches in its leaves.

5. English Ivy

Fun fact about this guy, it can reduce airborne faecal particles which makes it the perfect air purifier for your bathroom! In addition, studies have shown that the ivy can also help combat mold levels. I think I might be getting a few of these for our bathroom…

6. Peace Lily

This plant is a very common houseplant and has beautiful white blooms! It also is known for its ability to remove toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.

7. Boston Ferns

These classic plants make me think of a beautiful front porch, but they also can be used indoors to purify your home's air! The Boston fern helps remove xylene and the NASA study revealed it was the top house plant for removing formaldehyde.

8. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is considered one of the most effective indoor air purifiers from benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. These guys are very easy to maintain and are inexpensive to purchase. We have several around our home!

9. Cornstalk dracaena

These plants help rid your home of toxic agents like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. They also don't require too much light and can handle low light and the occasional missed watering… my type of plant for sure!

10. Florist’s chrysanthemum (Mums)

Okay, technically not a house plant, but these are my favorite fall blooms so I had to add them to this list! We typically purchase these for our front porch, but I will be sure to bring them inside this year. They knock down levels of all of the harmful pollutants that NASA studied.

If you’re worried about keeping plants alive, trust me— I’ve been there. Start simple with just a few low-maintenance greens to get into the swing of it! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be hooked and onto crazy plant lady status in no time plus your home will have better air!

Do you have any favorite houseplants or greenery in your home right now? I’m always on the lookout for new ones and would love to hear about your top picks!



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