People tend to buy expensive air filters and purifiers to filter the air in their homes, but little do they know that there are plants that can do the job for them. Dr. B.C. Wolverton of NASA listed 17 plants that help eliminate toxins in the atmosphere such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia, which can cause symptoms such as headaches and eye irritation.

Indoor plants that do not need direct sunlight such as (1) Cornstalk and (2) Red-Edged Dracaena, and (3) Variegated Snake and (4) Spider Plant eliminate formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene. Ferns such as the (5) Boston and (6) Kimberly Queen species thrive in cool locations. These ferns also eliminate formaldehyde and xylene in the air. Even flowering plants like (7) Peace and (8) Flamingo Lilies, (9) Barberton Daisy, and (10) Chrysanthemums, can clear the air from toxic compounds.

(11) Broadleaf Lady, (12) Bamboo, and (13) Dwarf Date Palm, together with other low-maintenance household plants like, (14) English and (15) Devil’s Ivy reduce trichloroethylene and ammonia and  those mentioned toxins. (16) Weeping Fig and (17) Chinese Evergreen are the last two plants to complete the list.

Do you own some of these plants? If not, try growing some of these plants instead of getting that expensive air purifier that you’ve been wanting to buy!

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