3 Plants to Detoxify Your Home

Bad news: there are toxins in the air literally all around you and they are dragging your system down. Good news: you can clear the air of those nasty toxins with just a few friendly houseplants. If you paid attention in any science class you will remember that during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making them human’s ideal counterparts.
Plants can remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. Common VOCs include formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They also produce moisture during photosynthesis. They release about 97% of the water they intake which can help with dry skin, colds, sore throats and coughs.
The top three household plants to look for are:

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, also known as the Snake Plant, this plant can convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, making it a good bedroom plant.


Peace Lily is known for removing mold from the air, making it an ideal plant for bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms. It also removes benzene, a common household chemical and trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners.


Money Plants improve air quality by filtering out formaldehyde, which is a common ingredient in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and other personal care products, and other VOCs.

You should be able to find these at your local nursery. While we can’t completely avoid indoor air pollution, these power plants purify the air naturally which can help ease seasonal allergies, skin problems and even lessen chronic fatigue/depression.

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