Invest in houseplants to improve indoor air quality at home (and/or at work). The more plants you have in your home, the healthier the air you breathe will be. Given the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) seeping from paint and carpet, and off-gassing from furniture (especially in baby’s nursery),  it helps to have plants working for you to combat these toxic gases. It doesn’t take a lot—one study found that small groups of Janet Craig (that’s actually the name of a plant) and sweet chico plants placed in indoor spaces reduced levels of certain gases up to 75 percent. 1 That seems like a no-brainer. Plus, they look nice.

We are enjoying peace lilies (pictured; also known as “spath”) in each bedroom and a 5-foot Janet Craig in the family room. Don’t forget to open your windows for at least 30 minutes per day to help bring in fresh air and circulate toxic gases out. Here are the top 10 most effective purifying plants for your home: 2

1. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis)
2. Areca palm (Chyrsalidocarpus lutescens)
3. Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)
4. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
5. Rubber plant (Ficus robusta)
6. Dracaena Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis)
7. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
8. Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
9. Ficus alii (Ficus macleilandii alii)
10. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

Now, relax and breathe in…

For more non-toxic house tips, see our Non-Toxic House Guide. 

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Notes:

  1. http://greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org/attachments/contentmanagers/25/PlantsCleanseIndoorAir.pdf
  2. http://www.practicallygreen.com/actions/get-some-houseplants-to-improve-your-homes-indoor-air-quality