As we all know far too well, we are constantly surrounded by a sea of chemicals.
While there are certainly places that are worse (a plastics factory, for instance), our homes can especially be toxin-laden. Fortunately, some of our favorite green plants can help remove those toxins from our home’s air.
As a study from the State University of New York, Oswego and chemistry professor Vadoud Niri notes, some houseplants can be tremendously effective when it comes to removing those dangerous toxins from the air around us.
Consider the plants below some of the best for removing dangerous chemicals and toxins from the air around us:
Bromeliads: In addition to pulling out benzene (commonly found in detergent, glue, paint, and furniture wax), they’re also bright and cheery, which can help your happiness.
Carribean tree cacti: As CNN notes, “the Caribbean tree cactus can absorb 80% of ethylbenzene in the air. The toxic chemical can be found in items such as construction materials, electronic products, food packaging, furniture, garden care products and even toys.”
Chlorophytum comosum: A type of spider plant, it absorbs more than 90% of o-Xylene, found in fuels, and p-Xylene (found in plastic and rubber products), as well as being another great smoke remover.
Crassula argentea (jade): Jade is especially good at absorbing toluene, a toxin found in paint, lacquer, gasoline, kerosene, and heating oil.
Dracaena plants: For those of us who live near busy roads or chemical plants, dracaena are especially gifted at pulling acetone from the surrounding air.
English ivy: Is especially good for clearing cigarette smoke, which makes it great for those who are sensitive to smoke but may not always be able to avoid smoke.
Ferns: If you live in a dry climate, ferns add humidity to the air, making them a great, natural humidifier.
Ficus elastica: This particular ficus is especially gifted at absorbing odors, pulling toxic substances out of the air, and reducing microorganisms.
Palm trees: Not only do palm trees help regulate humidity, they also are just happy plants; you’re bound to smile more with one or more around.
Peace lily: In addition to being beautiful, peace lilies are especially gifted at absorbing electromagnetic radiation and adding moisture to the air.
Philodendron scandens: When it comes to removing formaldehyde, commonly found in cleaning products and gas stoves, few plants are better.
Snake plants: Pull formaldehyde and benzene from the air, and are additionally great for returning oxygen to your, which makes it a great sleep aid.