NASA reveals: 17 air-filtering plants that purify the air in your house and make it easier to breathe

This sounds shocking, but the air in your home is filled with toxins.

We often think of our houses as harmless environments, but the truth is that many of the products we come into contact with on a daily basis contain chemicals. The chemicals are more common than you might think. They’re found in everything from paper bags to the paint on your walls.

These toxins can be secreted into our air, which we then breathe into our bodies. That’s why it’s important, for example, to air newly renovated rooms for a few weeks before letting a child sleep there!

If you want cleaner, fresher air at home, take a look at NASA’s list of the 17 best air purifying plants.

In the late ’80s, NASA was looking for ways to detoxify the air in their space stations, so it conducted a study to determine the most effective plants to filter the air and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

As early as 1989, their results were published, but the list is still relevant today!

Here are the 17 best plants for indoor air cleaning!

1. Phoenix roebelenii

FlickrLady Palm is one of the super plants that NASA drew attention to in their study. It has excellent air purifying qualities!

2. Spider plant

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Spider plants have many good properties: It helps to reduce the level of chemical gases, such as formaldehyde, in the air. It’s also one of the few plants that don’t cause allergies.

3. Chinese evergreen

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This leafy plant helps to purify the air around it.

4. Chamaedorea elegans (bella palm)

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Chamaedorea elegans (also called Bella palm) both removes poison and moisturizes the air, according to NASA’s studies.

5. Ficus benjamina (Weeping fig)

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This plant has been found to detect and remove toxic substances from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde and xylene / toluene.

6. Epipremnum aureum (Money Plant)

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Epipremnum aureum has a high evaporation rate and reduces the amount of chemical gases in the air indoors.

7. Flamingo lily

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Flamingo Lily, or Lace leaf, is a beautiful evergreen plant that is best known for it’s unique flowers.

According to NASA’s studies, Flamingo Lilies are incredibly efficient at removing formaldehyde and ammonia from the air.

8. Kimberley Queen fern

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Try grouping your Kimberly Queen Fern with other potted plants and place a small humidifier near it to increase the amount of moisture in the air.

9. Silver Dragon Lilyturf

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This potted plant is another example that NASA highlighted of a plant with purifying properties.

10. Lady palm

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This palm isn’t just trendy and stylish – they also have good air purifying properties and high evaporation rates.

11. Gerbera

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Gerberas have become common. A cross between two South African species, Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera viridifolia, are often used.

It has been found to be able to detect and remove benzene out of the air.

12. Dracaena fragrans

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This dracaena doesn’t just smell good, some types of this plant have been found to absorb and remove toxic substances from the air, such as benzene and formaldehyde.

13. Ivy

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Studies have shown that ivy is very good at absorbing and removing cancerous substance benzene out of the air.

14. Snake plant

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The snake plant’s leaves remove poisonous substances from the air, such as some flame retardant chemicals that are often found in new houses and on newly manufactured furniture.

15. Dracaena Tricolor

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There are over 40 different species of Dracaena, making it very easy to find the right one for you. The plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene and xylene from the air.

Keep in mind, however, that the plant may be poisonous to cats and dogs, so if you have pets, Dracaena isn’t the best choice.

16. Peace Lily

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Peace lily purifies the air from a variety of harmful substances such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene, acetone, alcohol and ammonia.

17. Chrysanthenum

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Chrysanthemum is an effective air purifier. According to NASA, it can clean up ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene in your home.

It is available at most flower shops, is cheap and can be planted outdoors!

If you want to breathe cleaner air in your home, be sure to have at least one of these 17 plants in your home!

In addition to having a positive impact on the air, they’ll also give you a lift, both mentally and physically.

Your home will be brighter, and you’ll breathe more easily. Click the SHARE button to spread the word, so that more of your friends can improve their environment at home!

 

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