Non-Toxic Air Filtering Plants

jessicamurgs/ March 4, 2017/ Natural Home/ 0 comments

In 1989, NASA issued a report concluding that certain house plants are very effective at filtering chemicals in the air. They do this by removing common harmful chemicals from the air and breaking them down into harmless organic by products into the soil, which the plants then use as food.

Today, more scientific studies have also done that reached the same conclusion. House plants do much more than just sit there and look green. Here are some top reasons to ditch your fake plants and go with the real deal along with suggested non-toxic plants:

Formaldehyde Reduction

  • Formaldehyde is strongly toxic and can be found in many common household items such as paper products, particle board furniture, carpeting, building materials and use of gas stoves or kerosene space heaters can also produce formaldehyde.

Non-Toxic Formaldehyde Reducers:

  • Boston fern
  • Dwarf date palm
  • Areca palm
  • Spider plant
  • Barberton daisy
  • Banana
  • Broadleaf lady palm
  • Bamboo palm
  • Lilyturf
  • Kimberly queen fern

Benzene Reduction

Benzene is classified by The United States Environmental Protection Agency as a Class A carcinogen, meaning there is substantial data indicating this chemical causes cancer in people. 

  • Non-Toxic Benzene Reducer:
  • Barberton daisy

Trichloroethylene (TCE) Reduction

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) found in adhesives, carpet cleaners, paint removers, spot removers and glues. TCEs can harm a developing fetus and is a carcinogenic to humans. TCE vapors can irritate the respiratory system, skin and induce central nervous system. Effects may include light headedness, drowsiness, and headaches. Prolonged exposure to TCE has been associated with harmful effects in the liver, kidneys, immune system and the central nervous system.

Non-Toxic Trichloroethylene (TCE) reducing plant:

  • Barberton daisy

Oxygen Production

Okay, this one is pretty obvious, but certainly noteworthy. Humans need oxygen to survive and plants provide oxygen.

Top Non-Toxic Oxygen Producers:

  • Sprouts (which are grown to eat)
  • Areca palm

A few other benefits found in most house plants:

  • Nitrogen Dioxide Reduction
  • Reduction of Airborne Dust Particles
  • Reducing carbon dioxide levels
  • Increase humidity

Several types of toxic plants are very effective at all of the above:

  • Snake plant: The snake plant is unique from most plants (that only produce oxygen during hours of daylight) because it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, making it a great bedroom plant.
  • Peace lily
  • Draceana

These plants are all considered toxic, but very beneficial to air quality. However, if you do not have pets or small children or this is not a concern in your home, go for it!


Are any of these plants in your home? Do you have a favorite not listed here? Tell us in the comments below!

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