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Beautiful Plants That Rid Your Home Of Toxins!

Updated on June 2, 2014

Do You Know What's In Your Air?

I must admit I was more than a little shocked to find out that the air in our homes is more polluted then the air outside. I am not talking a little bit, try 2-5 times worse (sometimes even more)! With air pollution contributing to life threatening complications such as, lung cancer, asthma, lung infections, respiratory infections, and other nasty ailments.

I have become determined to find a way to better my air quality in my home, especially because my family suffers from asthma and other respiratory inflictions. However because of the fact I live in an apartment that I rent I am unable to do much about the actual utilities and such, so I had to find a way to do it that was easy and wouldn't change my apartment around on a foundational level.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known for its' ability to help with digestive and other skin issues, but it actually can do so much more! A great succulent for those who may not have the greenest of thumbs, aloe is remarkably easy to grow indoors! Aloe clears toxins out of the air that are known to be a byproduct of paint and other chemicals found in the home. Removing Formaldehyde and benzene from the air helps to make sure you and your family avoid issues with respiratory issues down the road.

Where To Grow: In a sunny area of your home.

Gerber Daisies

Gerber daisies add both a purify your air and give it a little color, not to mention they are my absolute favorite flower! I have always kept these in my house but never knew that they did so much good. Coming in a variety of colors, you can put them in any room. This bright and colorful plant removes trichloroethylene from the air. Trichloroethylene is often found in clothes that have been dry cleaned, and the toxins become air born. Gerber Daisies are also fantastic at filtering out benzene, commonly found in ink.

Where should you put it: Place in rooms like the laundry room, living room, and bedrooms. Make sure you provide these sweet little daisies with plenty of light! This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.

Studies have shown that patients who's rooms face out to a garden view recover quicker than those who do not. So bring that garden indoors!


These sweet little flowers can do so much more than just add beauty to your home. The colorful blossoms help to filter benzene, a nasty little chemical found in glue, paint, plastics, and cleaning products. Most certainly not something I would want to breath in, I am sure you agree.

Where to place: Mums absolutely love bright sunlight so they do well in windows. Any room would benefit from having chrysanthemums purifying abilities.


Many people don't know that Azaleas can do very well indoors! When you bring these shrubs into your home you are improving your air quality by reducing the amount of formaldehyde from the air. Believe it or not formaldehyde is found in everything from plywood to insulation. Everyone's home could most certainly benefit from this flowering shrub.

Where to place: Azaleas will do much better in cooler areas of your home. They do need some light so keeping them in a basement below a window or any other place in your home that stays between 60-65 degrees is a perfect choice!

English Ivy

In recent studies English Ivy has been found to help remove allergens from the air. A fantastic option for those who have pets do to its' ability to clean airborne fecal-matter out of a room. It is important to make sure you keep the emerald ivy out of reach from animals and children do to its' toxicity when ingested. It has also been shown to help reduce the amount of formaldehyde from the air, which are left behind by some common household cleaning products.

Peace Lily

One of the easiest plants to maintain indoors the Peace Lily is a great choice for those who are less than the best at gardening. This is one of my absolute favorite indoor plants, due to its' ability to remove all three of the common VOCs. Removing formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene, this is a plant that every home should have!

Where to place: Peace Lilies aren't to demanding when it comes to sunshine. They like shady areas, so they are able to grow well indoors.

The Peace Lily is also great for removing the airborne toxins from cigarettes!

African Violet

"Though she be but little, she is fierce!" William Shakespeare

No words could better describe the African Violet. This petite plant is a complete beast when it comes to removing pollutants from the air. Both their ability to purify air and their beauty, there is no real question why they are one of the top sellers for indoor house plants. Great for those with asthma as it has been shown to help with common triggers.

Where to place: African Violets do well in low light so they are great in almost any room in your home!

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchid

You might have seen the name Orchid and sighed. Notorioiusly difficult to grow many people give up after the first few attempts. Little do most people know they are killing their beautiful plants with a little to much love. Orchids love to be neglected!

Orchids are more than the perfect house warming gift, they actually give the gift of air rid of xylene. Xylene is often found in glue and paint. As where most plants don't give off oxygen at night, Orchids do! Another great reason to place them around your home, especially in bedrooms!

Where to place: Orchids will do well in almost any area of the home, as long as there isn't to much sunlight. Great for in bedrooms and bathrooms.

How To Properly Care For Your Orchid

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus is not only beautiful but when it comes to purifying air it is quite unique when compared with other house plants. This lovely little plant takes in carbon dioxide at night and releases oxygen during the day. Making them great for in your bedroom or office. The Christmas Cactus also works hard at removing formaldehyde from the air.

Where to place: Being a very versatile plant you can place almost any where. Bedrooms and offices are great choices!


When you clean your home unless you are using green products, chances are you are pumping toxins into your air. Tulips are great to keep in the home as they remove xylene, formaldehyde and ammonia that are often given off by many common house hold cleaners. These are one of my favorite potted plants because of how versitile they are. I am really happy that now I am able to clean my house without the worry of making my home toxic, especially as many of my family members are asthmatic.

Plants are great to have indoors during the winter flu season thanks to their ability to increase humidity levels and reduce air pollutants. When you keep plants in the home you reduce the risk of illness by nearly 30%

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