Air Filtering Houseplants

We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen (think back to 5th grade science class…), but there are some plants that are better than others at filtering out significant amounts of toxins from the air. In 1989, NASA conducted a study to determine which plants are powerhouse air cleaners. They examined the reduction in the air of the following toxins: including benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. We have called out our favorite houseplants that pull double duty as beautiful and hardworking additions to homes and offices. Go ahead, take a nice deep breath of clean air!


 

Aloe Vera

Filtered toxins:
benzene
formaldehyde

Antherium

Filtered toxins:
formaldehyde
xylene
toluene
ammonia

Boston Fern

Filtered toxins:
formaldehyde
xylene
toluene

Dracaena Janet Craig

Filtered toxins:
benzene
formaldehyde
trichloroethylene

Dracaena Marginata

Filtered toxins:
benzene
formaldehyde
trichloroethylene
xylene
toluene

Peace Lily

Filtered toxins:
benzene
formaldehyde
trichloroethylene
xylene
toluene
ammonia

Variegated Snake Plant

Filtered toxins:
benzene
formaldehyde
trichloroethylene
xylene
toluene

Spider Plant

Filtered toxins:
formaldehyde
xylene
toluene