6 Plants That Can Help Purify Your Indoor Air

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.

Spider Plant
(Chlorophytum comosum)
An excellent removal of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, the spider plant’s rich foliage battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in leather, rubber, and printing industries. Plus they are tough to kill, even if you tend to neglect houseplants. As an added bonus, this plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
A long-time favorite among house plant enthusiasts, research conducted by NASA found the Peace Lily to be one of the top indoor plants for cleaning air. This tropical plant breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. While we all appreciate cleaner air, it’s the Peace Lily’s occasional white bloom that makes it such a popular house plant.

Boston Fern
(Nephrolepis exaltata)
The most effective plant at getting rid of formaldehyde, Boston Ferns remove significantly more per hour than most others. This fern will also eliminate heavy metals, such as mercury and arsenic from the soil. It can be grown outdoors but is most often used as an indoor plant.

Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Also known as the butterfly and golden cane palm, this plant is easy to grow and most popular for the office and indoor environment. This plant was also ranked #1 overall at cleaning the air in our homes and acts like a natural humidifier.

Aloe Vera
This plant is a jack of all trades and is good for burns and many skin conditions, a hair conditioner, styling gel, or for doing your own non-toxic blow-out. It’s also effective at the elimination of formaldehyde at lesser concentrations.

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Two of the best health benefits of the Golden Pothos are relatively unknown. Pothos not only cleans the air in the room where it’s growing, but it also helps relax the eyes when you’re feeling congested or irritated. It also helps treat and prevent ocular hypertension, cataracts, and glaucoma.

NFM Staff
Author: NFM Staff

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