It’s no secret that the world today has a whole bunch of chemicals in it. There are synthetic chemicals in everything from our all-purpose cleaner to the filters in our air-conditioning vents. With all this cycling through the air we breathe, sometimes you want a way to make your next breath a little cleaner.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to do that while also making your living space pretty and green!
I’ve compiled a list of nine plants that will filter chemicals out of your air and also look beautiful! Most of this list is based on a study NASA did in 1989, which you can read here.
- Aloe Vera
This plant is well known for the soothing gel inside, but it’s also very easy to take care of! Aloe vera will remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air, but it is toxic to cats and dogs. It is a full sun plant that prefers sandy, well-draining soil and full sun.
2. Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is perfect if you don’t have a lot of light in your space. I have one in my basement apartment with just a lamp on during the day and it’s thriving. It filters benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air and is also toxic to dogs and cats.
3. Boston Fern
Boston (or Sword) Ferns are one of the most popular houseplants. I’m sure you know someone who has one. What you may not know is that this plant filters formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. It is also non-toxic and safe for dogs and cats. It prefers a moist climate, so if you have it inside, be sure to mist it.
4. Spider Plant
This is another popular houseplant that is non-toxic. It will filter out formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. The Spider Plant can tolerate temperatures down to 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit) but prefers more moderate temperatures.
5. English Ivy
English Ivy is well known for outdoor use, but it can also be a lovely houseplant. The plant grows quickly and will also climb. It filters out benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene, however it is toxic.
6. Snake Plant
This plant is native to West Africa and therefore prefers warmer areas of the house. It thrives well in low light — another one for my basement apartment! It needs very little water, so be careful not to give it too much! Unlike most plants, the Snake Plant release oxygen at night, making it ideal for a bedroom. It removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene,xylene, and toluene from the air, however it is toxic.
7. Bamboo Palm
It should be noted that this is a palm tree and therefore will grow quite tall if you let it. That being said, the bamboo palm is non-toxic and will remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from your air.
8. Golden Pothos
This is another one that tolerates low light and requires little water. It will filter benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air.
9. Weeping Fig/Ficus
The Ficus is another plant that will grow quite large if you let it. It does not tolerate cold well and does best in full sun. It is toxic, but will filter out formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
Of course, there are many other houseplants that will filter your air, these are just the ones that I personally like the most. Now go forth and garden!