The Benefits of Air Purifying Houseplants

Every day we are exposed to a multitude of potentially harmful toxins.

Did you know adding a few houseplants around your home could help purify the air you breathe from pollutants? NASA research has indicated that select houseplants can have the potential to improve indoor air quality by purifying and removing trace organic pollutants in homes and offices.

The study tested a group of houseplants and their ability to purify three different types of toxins, which are commonly found in home and office spaces. They were benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Benzene is found in gasoline, inks, paints, plastics, rubber, dyes, and detergents, along with tobacco smoke.

Formaldehyde is commonly found in building materials such as foam insulation, pressed-wood products, and particleboard.

Trichloroethylene is used primarily in the industrial field – used as a solvent to remove grease from metal and to make other chemicals. It’s also used in adhesives, paint removers, and spot removers.

In order to efficiently purify the air, it’s suggested to have at least one plant per 100 square feet. With a variety of different air purifying houseplants, here are just a few that can help brighten your home and purify the air.

Air Purifying Houseplants

Plants that are effective in removing benzene include:

  • English Ivy
  • Dracaena marginata
  • Janet Craig
  • Warneckei
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Peace lily

Plants that are effective in removing formaldehyde include:

  • Philodendron
  • Spider plant
  • Golden Pothos
  • Bamboo palm
  • Corn plant
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue

Plants that are effective in removing trichloroethylene include:

  • Gerbera daisy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Peace lily
  • Warneckei
  • Dracaena marginata

Now that you are aware of the benefits of air purifying houseplants and how they can efficiently remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air we breathe, head out to your local plant store or nursery and purchase a few today.