11 Plants that purifies the air according to NASA.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, our homes have 4 times more pollutants than the outdoors. Benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene are common substances in our homes coming mostly from our furniture, paintings, and air fresheners, which are harmful to our lungs.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) created the NASA Clean air study – a project designed to find ways to clean the air in the space stations – and it reveals that common house plants have the ability to purify the air effectively.

Here are the top 11 Plants that purifies the air 

Spider plant

This plant removes impurities from the air like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other toxins.

Dwarf date palm

This palm will live for decades and have the ability to filter out xylene from the air. For optimal filtering, NASA recommends placing one plant per 9 square meters.

Bamboo palm

Bamboo palms are filtering benzene and formaldehyde, in addition, their height increases the productivity and keep indoor air moist, making it a welcome during the winter.

Chinese evergreen

This plant is poisonous for pets and babies when ingested, but filters benzene and formaldehyde, ideal for your desk or on a living room.

Boston fern

Native to tropical forests so they will thrive in low light and high humidity which is ideal for your bathroom. The top plant for removing formaldehyde,

Peace lily

Great for bathrooms, removes mold spores, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.


A plant that produces colorful flowers at any time of the year, but also has dark green leaves that absorbing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Variegated snake plant

This plant filter out the formaldehyde in cleaning products like facial tissues, dyes, toilet paper, but it requires humility, that’s why this plant is perfect for your bathroom.

Red-edged Dracena

Known as the best plant for removing trichloroethylene.

English ivy

Must-have plant if you work in a salon or you’re doing home-salon treatments for hair coloring, nail polish, hardeners and etc because it’s filtering trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene which are found in these salon products.

Broadleaf lady palm

You’ve probably noticed this palm in shopping malls, hotels, and offices. That’s why they tolerate low levels of light, but this palm cleanses the air from formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and toluene.

Another research indicates that people are happier and relaxed after caring for plants.

To protect your nearest ones from these substances, you could give these plants as a gift or by forwarding this article.

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