10 Plants That Can Filter The Air In Your House According To NASA

You might not realize it but the air in your home can be filled with toxins! Toxins are more common than you might think and can be found in anything from the paint on your walls to the paper bags you carry your groceries in. These toxins secrete into the air which we then breathe into our bodies. 

There are six types of toxins that are present in our air: 

  1. TRICHLOROETHYLENE: Found in paints, lacquers, printing inks, varnishes, adhesives and paint remover
  2. FORMALDEHYDE: Found in paper bags, facial tissues, waxed papers, paper towels, table napkins, plywood paneling and synthetic fabrics
  3. BENZENE: Used to make plastics, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Can also be found in tobacco smoke, vehicle exhausts, glue, paint, and furniture wax
  4. XYLENE: Found in printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, tobacco smoke and vehicle exhausts. 
  5. AMMONIA: Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers


Luckily, there is a simple solution, houseplants! Plants clean the air and act as natural filters. These are NASA's top 10 plants for air-purifying: 

1. Aloe Vera

Scientific name: Aloe Vera

Filters: This plant filters formaldehyde

Other benefits:  The liquid is great for your skin! 



2. Red-Edged Dracaena

Scientific name: Dracaena marginata

Filters: This plant filters out benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  This plant is drought resistant so can survive with very little water - perfect for if you are away often!


3. Spider Plant

Scientific name: Chlorophytum comosum

Filters: This plant filters out xylene and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  It is one of the easiest houseplants to grow even if you don't have a green thumb! 


4. Cornstalk Dracaena

Scientific name: Dracaena fragrans

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  It is pretty and can grow as big as you allow it!


5. Ficus

Scientific name: Ficus

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  It is low maintenance and grows to a nice size


6. Bamboo Palm

Scientific name: Dypsis lutescens

Filters: This plant filters out trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  Although it needs lots of sunlight, it is an easy plant to grow and maintain 


7. Devil's Ivy

Scientific name: Epipremnum aureum

Filters: This plant filters out  benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde

Other benefits:  It is nearly impossible to kill! 


8. Peace Lily

Scientific name: Spathiphyllum

Filters: This plant filters out  benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and trichloroethylene

Other benefits:  It stays small and has pretty white flowers!


9. Snake Plant

Scientific name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Filters: This plant filters out  benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene

Other benefits:  It loves dry weather so is low maintenance to keep in your house. 


10. Chrysanthemum

Scientific name: Chrysanthemum

Filters: This plant filters out ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

Other benefits:  It is beautiful and comes in various different colors


They do say green is the new black! SHARE this article now with your friends and loved ones so that they can make their homes a safer place too!