Top 10 Air Purifying House Plants

Dated: 10/28/2017

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Top 10 Air Purifying House Plants

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Indoor air pollutants are a BIG PROBLEM in homes in Baton Rouge today, but you can make a lot of little changes that have a BIG impact. The biggest indoor air pollutants are combustion by-products.

*Things like fireplaces, smoking, furnaces, perfumes, scented products, paint, glue, carpeting, cleaning products, pet dander, molds, and pesticides.



Pollution isn’t only a concern when you’re outdoors—it’s a concern in your home as well.


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Ditch the air purifiers!

If you don’t have an air purifier in your home, or just want to take extra precautions, we would recommend adding a few of these houseplants to the most important areas of your home. It’s a great first step to improving the air quality inside your home in Baton Rouge.

Peace Lily

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  • filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammoniaImage title

  • most efficient at removing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds

  • Removes mold from air

  • give it water once a week and this little plant will help purify the air around that general area


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    • filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and tolueneImage title

    • can endure low amounts of light at long durations

    • is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality

    • converts CO2 into oxygen at night

*Just be careful if you have pets, as this plant may be toxic when it is ingested


Aloe Vera
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People have been using Aloe Vera for more than 6,000 years when it was known as "the plant of immortality" in early Egypt, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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English Ivy

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Often called English Ivy or European Ivy, Hedera helix is another popular houseplant that helps filter airborne toxins inside your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

Barberton Daisy

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Most commonly known as a Barberton Daisy, Gerbera jamesonii is a beautiful flowering plant that is native to Eastern Africa. While it is intended and mainly used for outdoor use, it is becoming more popular to put them in containers for indoor use. This may be a wise decision for your indoor air quality, as NASA’s Clean Air Study found that Gerbera jamesonii is effective at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

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Lady Palm

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Native to Asia, this evergreen perennial small palm can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments. The best part, is that the NASA Clean Air Study discovered Rhapis excelsa to be one of the best houseplants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.


Weeping Fig

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Most commonly known as a Weeping Fig or Ficus tree, Ficus benjamina is popular houseplant that is also very effective at purifying the air in your home. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, Ficus benjamina was effective at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Red-Edged Dracaena

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According to the NASA Clean Air Study, Dracaena reflexa is one of the most efficient plants at removing formaldehyde from the air in your home, as well as other VOCs, including benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. However, keep your pets away from this plant, as it can be toxic to animals when ingested.

Flamingo Lily

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Most commonly called a Flamingo Lily or Laceleaf, Anthurium andraeanum is a beautiful evergreen plant that is most known for its gorgeous flowers. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, the Flamingo Lily was incredibly effective at removing airborne formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene in your home or office.

*Please note, Anthurium andraeanum is poisonous to both humans and animals. Caution must be taken with small children and pets. If they ingest any part of this plant, they will immediately start to have difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and blistering in their mouth and throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical help immediately.

Florist’s Chrysanthemum

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With the proper care and right type of soil, the Chrysanthemum morifolium will start to produce lots of beautiful blooms of various colors. These blooms not only help brighten the room, they also help cleanse the air of many chemicals that are common in homes. These include formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.

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