Top 10 Plants You Must Have for Purified Air in Your Home

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Houseplants, they’re more than just pretty additions to your décor; they actually clean toxins from the air inside your home. You probably learned in high school that plants “breathe” carbon dioxide and create oxygen but did you know that many plants actually clean chemicals and other pollutants from the air, giving you a fresher, cleaner, oxygen filled home environment. Some plants are a better at this job than others so here is a list of the top 10 plants you really must have in your home.


1. Peace Lily ( Spathiphyllum)

This beautiful, easy to grow plant removes mold spores from the air. One of the great things about this plant is that it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight. It generally makes one, large, creamy white flower that lasts for weeks. It’s beautiful as well as hard working. Besides mold spores it removes trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. It is toxic to cats, however, so be careful if you have feline pets.


2. Rubber Plant ( Ficus Elastica)

You’ve probably seen these popular plants everywhere. As their name implies, these plants are tough and don’t need a lot of care. It lives on almost no light and lower temperatures than most plants in its class. This little plant scored very high in removing toxins, such as formaldehyde, from the home.


3. Aloe Vera ( Aloe Vera)

You probably think of Aloe Vera as the plant you use for burns and the gel for sunburns but did you know that this super easy to grow removes benzene and formaldehyde from the air. This succulent loves the sun so keep a pot on a sunny windowsill.


4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

This is probably one plant that actually thrives on neglect. Besides beautiful striped leaves, it has tiny little white flowers. This beauty removes xylene, which is solvent used in leather, along with formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide.


5. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentil)

Although some people call this plant Mother-In-Laws Tongue, it’s top notch at removing formaldehyde, which is found in many cleaning and personal care products. Put a large pot in your bathroom. It will love the steam and it thrives on low light conditions while it’s cleaning the air for you.

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6. Golden Pothos (Scindapsus Aures)

This is a popular plant to hang from the ceiling as it quickly grows into a flowing vine of cascading dark green leaves with lighter colored stripes. You might not believe it, but this plant will stay green even when kept in the dark. This plant is super great at removing formaldehyde so you might want to keep a large pot of this in the garage since your car exhaust emits tons of this toxin.


7. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

These are more commonly known by the name Ficus and many people keep one in their living room to help clear out the pollutants caused from their carpeting and furniture. Ficus plants can keep be difficult to care for, but once you get the mix of water and sunlight just right, a ficus plant will last for years and years, cleaning toxins such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.

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8. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

This is a truly amazing plant. The more time it spends in a location, the more successful it is at removing pollutants and toxins. It likes low light areas, and often blooms with tiny little berries so it’s pretty as well as effective.


9. Red Edged Dracaena ( Dracaena Marginata)

Many people enjoy this plant because its red edges bring a little color to the normal green of most houseplants. This plant is often sold as a small pot but can grow tall enough to touch most ceilings. This beautiful plant is best at removing trichloroethylene and formaldehyde which enters your home via furniture varnishes and lacquers.


10. Bamboo Palm ( Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

The bamboo palm is a popular palm as it never grows very large and it fits into almost any décor. This would be a great plant to place near furniture that emits formaldehyde as it’s great at filtering out that poisonous gas, along with many other toxins.

Read also about top 10 dangerous toxins that are inside your home right now.