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12 Best Houseplants to Get Rid of Airborne Toxins

October 5, 2018 By

You check your bank statements, your mail, and even your tire pressure…

But when was the last time you checked the air quality in your home?

You know that certain factors greatly impact your health; like your diet, the weather, and the amount of stress you’re under.

But did you know a HUGE part of your well-being depends on the air you breathe?


And more often than not, the air is full of chemicals that are harmful to your body.

The majority of your time is spent indoors, so it should come as no surprise that the air in your home and office could be the cause of some major health concerns.

Dizziness, headaches, eye irritation and increased heart rate are only a few symptoms caused by poor air quality.

I’m warning you about this because I used to suffer from horrible, daily headaches.

I tried everything to cure them — Tylenol, drinking more water, even meditation — but nothing worked…

Until a dear friend asked:

“Have you thought about getting an air purifier?”


I was skeptical at first, but when I learned air pollution could be responsible for my symptoms, I knew I had to do something…

So, I began my search for top-rated air purifiers, and came across information that made me question buying one at all.

What I learned, is although most purifiers can remove dust particles and pet dander, they aren’t effective at removing much else.

Most particles are too small to be filtered out — leaving behind viruses, airborne chemicals, and other allergens.

And worse, the bacteria caught by air filters can collect and grow, creating mold and allowing it to get released back in the air.

I no longer felt comfortable putting an air purifier in my home, but I was still on the hunt for something to remove the indoor pollution.

I knew that once I did, not only would my headaches subside, but my overall health would improve too.

Houseplants: A Solution to Indoor Air Pollution


young woman selecting houseplants

NASA researchers found evidence that the air we breathe every day contains toxic chemicals such as Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Ammonia.

These chemicals are present in the most common household items, such as your:

  • wood furniture
  • paper products
  • window cleaners
  • detergents


Thankfully, NASA also discovered the simple addition of houseplants can dramatically reduce indoor pollution.

To help you breathe easier, I’ve compiled a list of 12 of the most effective air-filtering houseplants.

NASA suggests one houseplant per 100 square feet of home or office space, but when it comes to plants, you can’t ever have too many!

To get started, take a trip to your local nursery and choose a few plants from the list below (and maybe some flowers, you deserve it!)

Pet Friendly Air-Purifying Plants


pet friendly houseplants

Boston Fern: filters Formaldehyde and Xylene

Barberton Daisy: filters Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, and Xylene

Bamboo Palm: filters Formaldehyde and Xylene

Dwarf Date Palm: filters Formaldehyde and Xylene

Queen Fern: filters Formaldehyde and Xylene

Turf Lily: filters Trichloroethylene, Xylene, and Ammonia

Spider Plant: filters Formaldehyde and Xylene

Not Pet Friendly Air-Purifying Plants


snake plants in burlap pot

Snake Plant: filters Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Xylene

Chinese Evergreen: filters Formaldehyde and Benzene

Florist’s Chrysanthemum: filters Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, and Ammonia

Peace Lily: filters Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, and Ammonia

Red-Edged Dracaena: filters Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Xylene

Note: Although these plants are not safe for animal consumption, they’re perfectly fine to have around if they’re out of reach.

You’re going to love the noticeable improvement in your health.

And on top of that, you’ll get some beautiful new additions to your home decor!

After all, nothing is more important than the way we feel in the spaces we spend the most time in.

What are some of your favorite houseplants from this list? Let me know in the comments below and share this post with a friend who loves plants!

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