Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill


What you use on a daily basis directly affects the air you breath inside.

  • cleaning products
  • makeup
  • carpets
  • synthetic fragrances
  • smoking
  • Dust
  • mold
  • dry cleaned clothes
  • furniture
  • paints
  • computers


The way these plants work is they filter air by removing formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and trichloroethylene. Unfortunately, most homes contain these toxic substances.


Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Air Purification

  • Areca Palm

The Areca Palm is one of the most popular plants. It is suitable for the indoor environment; it releases a large amount of moisture into the air. The Areca Palm is rated among the most effective houseplants at removing indoor toxins. It removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen. Ideally, you will need about four shoulder-high plants per person…. Make sure to wipe the leaves every day. (you can find areca palm here)

  • Mother-in-laws Tongue

Snake or Mother-in-laws Tongue is also a very common plant. It is also known as the bedroom plant as it converts CO2 into oxygen during the night. The plant also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and benzene from the air . You would need six to eight waist-high plants per person. (where to find)

  • Gerbera Jamesonii (Gerbera Daisy)

The Gerbera Daisy is a well known decorative plant. It is not only very pretty, but its air filtering properties are impressive. It is effective at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air. Like Mother-in-laws Tongue, this plant continues releasing oxygen all through the night to help you breath and sleep better. If you suffer from asthma this plant is a great fit for you.

NASA suggests that you maintain 15 plants for a 2,000 square-foot home. Besides using these plants to remove indoor toxins, you still need to take the necessary steps to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals you bring in your home.

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