Next time you need a home décor overhaul, try adding a few of these humble plants to your design. They give more oxygen than they consume and remove harmful substances from the air. I love that lots of these plants are easy to care for and totally chic. You’ll be sure to find something that fits your style.
Aloe Vera is a multi-purpose plant, not only does it remove formaldehyde from the air, it contains a soothing gel in its stems that helps with burns. The aloe vera loves a sunny location and doesn’t need much water to keep it happy.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
The Bamboo Palm is excellent at removing pollutants in your home. Not only that but it actually adds moisture to the air, so keep this one around in those dry months. The Bamboo Palm does fine in shady spaces so it would be great in a bedroom or hallway.
Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)
Mums make a great flowering plant indoors and out. They are an easy to grow plant that blooms in several colors, and can rid your space of toxins such as ammonia.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
These are unique looking plants that are easy to grow for those of us without a green thumb. They make a great statement piece, and also make a great air purifier. The snake plant specializes in removal of formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene and xylene.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
The spider plant is a completely fool proof plant and isn’t picky when it comes to how much sunlight it gets. It gives you a ton of warning if you forget to water it, changing from a vivid green to a pale, sickly green before it actually dies. And when you water it, within hours it’s back to the vibrant green again.
When it comes to toxin removal, the spider plant is a champ removing formaldehyde from the air.
Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
The weeping fig would love that sunny spot in your kitchen, but don’t mistake it for salad greens, the leaves on this bad boy are toxic. But beyond that, the Weeping Fig can purify your home of pollutants.
Mass Cane | Corn Cane (Dracaena Massangeana)
Also known as the “Corn Plant”, the Mass Cane’s leaves are toxic if consumed, so keep this plant out of reach of little hands or furry noses.
Devils Ivy | Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
This is a cascading plant that has multicolored leaves that are toxic if consumed, so make sure this is out of reach of pets and children. The Devils Ivy is perfect for removing toxins from you home.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Another cascading plant with quite the resume. The English Ivy can remove pollutants from you home. It’s also a great plant to have around if you suffer from asthma.
Gerber Daisy (Gerbera Jamesoii)
Not only does this plant make a great centerpiece with its colorful flowers, but it also removes benzene from the air and absorbs carbon dioxide, helping to purify your home.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The Peace Lily also possesses toxic leaves which are unsafe to consume, but the payoff is cleaner air and beautiful white blooms. The Peace Lily can remove benzene pollutants from your home.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)
Boston Ferns are subtropical plants that need humidity to thrive, so it would happy as a bathroom dweller. The Boston Fern is stellar at purifying the air, and looking pretty while doing it.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Modestum)
This plant comes in a variety of colors and leaf patters and is easy to grow and keep happy. It can become quite bushy, so reserve this guy a nice big spot. The Chinese Evergreen specializes in removal of pollutants in your home.
Plants not only decorate the home, but also clean toxins from the air.