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Photo Credit goes to Flickr User Homer Edward Price

Photo Credit goes to Flickr User Homer Edward Price

We are constantly hearing about toxins lurking in our home. These little suckers can be hiding in carpet, clothing, furniture, you name it. According to the EPA, indoor levels of pollutants can be substantially higher than outdoor pollutant levels.  In fact, indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. Additionally, the risk can be even greater for our children as they breathe a greater volume of air relative to their body weight.

So, what to do? Think plants. I have been reading up on the best plants for purifying the air in our homes and have come up with this list. Bonus, they are easy to care for; in my case this is a must since I don’t have much of a green thumb. I have been known to kill even the most resilient houseplant so I am anxious to give these suggestions from Simple Organic Life a try. Visit here for the full list of suggested plants and tips for care.

Garden Mum – Found by NASA to purify the air. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home’s air.

Peace Lily –Removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from indoor air.

Boston Fern – Removes pollutants like xylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

Bamboo Palm – Most effective plant for filtering formaldehyde. Also removes benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from indoor air.

Aloe Vera – This multi-purpose plant effectively removes formaldehyde from indoor air.

In addition to being little air-purification systems, plants can elevate your mood. There is something about bringing the outside indoors that makes me quite happy. You can find additional recommendations for air-purifying plants in this post from Mind Body Green.


EPA (2013). Questions about your community: indoor air. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/indoorair.html

MindBodyGreen (2013). Best plants to detox your home. Retrieved from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10474/the-best-plants-to-detox-the-air-in-your-home.html

Simple Organic Life (2015). 9 houseplants that can clean the air and are basically impossible to kill. Retrieved from http://simpleorganiclife.org/9-houseplants/