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3 Scientifically-Proven Plants That Can Help In Detoxification

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Air pollution is unpleasant and it can negatively impact your health as well. To make things worse, the air pollution in your home is oftentimes worse than what is outdoors.


There are a number of devices you can use to clean the air in your home. But, if you want to go the natural route (and beautify your space in the process), there are several air-purifying plants that you can try.


To make things even better, they are widely available and inexpensive to boot. As further icing on the cake, this method is approved by NASA!


In the late 1980s, the pioneering institution (NASA) started studying plants in an effort to find a natural way to clean and purify the air in the space stations. During their studies, they found a wide variety of houseplants to help them achieve their goals. These plants filter out some of the harmful compounds in the air, making it safer to breathe.


Ready to learn more? Check out 3 of our favorite air detoxifying houseplants:

  1. Snake Plant

If formaldehyde is your problem, you’ll want to get your hands on one or two of these wonderful air detoxifiers. Before you say that your house doesn’t have the harmful chemical, you may want to know that it’s common in personal care products, tissues, cleaning products – even toilet paper.


Combat this problem by placing this pant in your bathroom. Don’t worry, it won’t die. It actually thrives in steamy, humid spaces with little light.


You can also put a couple of snake pants in your bedroom. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night time. What makes this interesting is, this is the opposite of what most plants do. Putting these plants in your room should give you an oxygen boost while you’re sleeping.

2. Peace Lily

Contrary to its name, this beautiful flower packs a powerful punch. In fact, it tops NASA’s list in terms of its ability to remove common air pollutants. These include trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde. It’s also fairly effective against xylene and toluene.


It may also please you to know that this plant doesn’t need a lot of TLC. Even if your green thumb is non existent, you should have no problem keeping it alive. This is a good intro to plant care – just give it some water when it starts looking droopy.


The Peace Lily is one of the most beautiful on the list, with its tall, stately, white flowers. However, they hide a terrible secret. The leaves are toxic when ingested, so keep this plant away from curious children and pets.

3. Gerbera Daisy

This colorful plant will clean your air, brighten your home, and lift your spirits. They are quite effective at removing trichloroethylene, which is often found in dry cleaning. This daisy is also handy at filtering out benzene, which is found in ink.


Gerberas can be placed anywhere with lots of light. However, they are better suited to those with a green thumb, as they require more work than the others on this list. For instance, you must keep them in pots with drainage holes. Also, mist the leaves two or three times a week and make sure the plant gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

The Bottom Line

If air pollution is a concern, you will want to give these houseplants a try. Not only are they affordable and available at most grocery stores, but they also add to the aesthetic beauty of your home. How can you beat that?

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