We all have that one friend…you know…the one friend who refers to their house plants as their babies. They talk to their plants. They are emotionally attached to their plants. If you’re thinking to yourself right now, ‘Hey I am that friend!”, then you’re in good company. Me too. House plants, I really can’t get enough of them. Luckily for me, and anyone else with the same attitude, this is an extremely healthy obsession. These green, lustrous, plant friends are not only gorgeous to look at, they have numerous health benefits as well. Many house plants purify our air of serious indoor pollutants. These pollutants are known as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Previous studies conclude that there are 50 house plants that are proven to be successful in removing these toxins from the air. I am here to share the top 5 plants, so you can start, or continue, your journey of growing fresh air!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa")
The peace lily not only purifies the indoor air but humidifies it as well! This peaceful plant friend removes alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
The Boston Fern is the best at removing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is found in plastic garbage bags paper towels, facial tissues, floor coverings, and adhesives, gas stoves and tobacco smoke can also release this into the air.
Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii “Alii”)
This plants super power is removing chemical vapors from the air!
Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
The dwarf date palm has received the ring of power for ridding the air of the evil xylene which is found in petroleum and even during forest fires.
Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)
These easy-going plants are super simple to take care of making years and years of detoxification possible!
Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena deremensis)
Last but certainly not least (hierarchies are not needed in plant talk), the homie Janet is taking care of us by removing trichloroethylene from the air! Thanks Janet!
Of course, I want to show a little love to our beloved hemp plant as well. Hemp, although not the typical house plant, is a great purifier for the air. It can even help offset carbon emissions!
How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office (Penguin; First Edition edition April 1, 1997).
By: Skylyr Phillips