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20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

Bringing a bit of nature into your home does more than brighten the atmosphere. Introducing houseplants into various rooms in the house can help reduce the chance of getting seasonal sicknesses (such as the common cold), remove airborne contaminants (volatile organic compounds [or VOCs]), reduce the chance of headaches, lift your mood, decrease your blood pressure, reduce allergies, improve sleep and much more. [1]

The 20 plants listed below are specifically known for their air purifying properties.  And while an open window may feel like all the fresh air you need, did you know that everything from toilet paper to common household cleaners can contain chemicals and release toxins like formaldehyde? Or that VOCs like benzene can be released into the air by everything from the paint on your walls, to the printed material found in your home?

So why not breathe a bit easier and enjoy the beauty of a new houseplant at the same time!

(All plants listed will clear CO2 and may clear more VOCs than noted.)

1. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.

2. Ficus alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier.

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.

5. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.


6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.

7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.

8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.

9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.

10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.


11. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.

12. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

13. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

14. English ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.

15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.


16. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.

17. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.

18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.

19. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

20. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

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[1] Masters in Healthcare
Science Daily
Mother Nature News
Sustainable Baby Steps

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12:57PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Have to get some but can't afford store prices.

3:14AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

I love inside plants!! We have 9 of the 20 listed, so I think our air is pretty clear!

12:28AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Yay, awesome!

8:37PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

So important - have some of these and definitely want more!!!

8:28PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thx. I had no idea airborne fecal matter materials were such a problem.

6:51PM PDT on May 31, 2014

Love indoor plants, they make such a difference to the ambience and environment. I know some people who have plastic plants - realistic looking but yuck!

7:00AM PDT on May 28, 2014


4:05AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Good information. I have many of them and they only require watering.

7:39PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Good information. Thanks for sharing.

9:46PM PDT on May 25, 2014

I've got four of these in my home and they only require weekly watering! They are hardy, easy plants. I'd like to get a ficus as well. I use 7th Generation toilet paper (why wipe your butt with fresh trees?), and use supposedly environmentally safe cleaners. I know at least when I use them that I don't get the skin break out as with commercial ones.

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