So by now most of you know that the air inside your home can—perhaps very much likely—has at least three times the toxicity compared to the air outside your home. It could even be worse if you reside in the city. So what do we do?

Well, you can buy the expensive air filters, and I am not opposed to them at all, but be sure you get what you paid for and be sure to research the filter replacement costs.

Most of the manufacturers will sell you a $70+ unit in hopes that the price will be appealing, but most of the time these units do nothing, and your real cost is in the long run with filters costing twice the amount of the unit per year.

I, and many others, have discovered a new route in conjunction with air filters and that route includes lots of plants. Plants have so many benefits.

plants that can detox the air

Besides the aesthetic beauty and the psychological benefits, they can also filter the air we breath. Air filters will get rid of toxic junk but some put off radiation and reduce the oxygen levels in the air they are filtering.

So the solution is to detox the air, literally.

Detoxification is not only about what you eat. We are continually exposed to environmental toxins, and the air pollution is one of the main toxins that affects our lungs. House plants not only brighten your home, but also help to naturally detox the air you breathe.

Some indoor plants are especially good at improving the air quality. Plants can actually remove some home toxins that are omnipresent in conventionally built houses. Certain plants are more than capable of removing formaldehyde according to a number of studies such as this one.

Formaldehyde is a possible carcinogen that is found in building materials and household stuff. It is found in carpets, plastics, melamine, glue used flooring and particles boards, synthetic fabrics, and more.

A couple more indoor air toxins that can induce dizziness, drowsiness, and even long-term damage to our kidneys and liver are Benzene and Tricholoreothylene.

You can naturally reduce the amount of those toxins present in the air within you home, along with other toxins, by growing some of the following plants. Most of these plants will thrive indoor.

Areca Palm

the areca palm

One of the most popular houseplants in America and for good reason. These plants are literally a 24 hour oxygen factory. I suggest having four plants per person, or at least one in every room.

Money Plant (or Tree)

the money plant

These are so beautiful and commonly known as difficult to grow, but if patience is a friend of yours and over watering is an enemy, you will coexist with these amazing plants beautifully. Money plants actually remove formaldehyde which as I mentioned earlier, is in most furniture and household items.

You know the stuff they use to embalm us? Well, this disgusting chemical is in almost EVERYTHING! Be sure to have two plants per thousand square feet.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

the mother-in-law's tongue plant

This plant is an evening factory, meaning when the light goes out it produces twice as much oxygen compared to its daytime output. These plants should be plentiful in your home, some even suggest having 6-7 per person.

I think the more the merrier and I won’t judge you if you prefer to move away from a jungle like atmosphere, because I know that can sometimes be a little tacky.

Some other friendly additions would be English Ivy, Purple Waffle Plant, Variegated Wax Plant, Asparagus Fern, the Purple Heart Plant, plus the ones listed down here:

* Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea Seifritzii

* Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema Modestum

* Gerbera Daisy – Gerbera Jamesonii

* Janet Craig – Dracaena “Janet Craig”

* Marginata – Dracaena Marginata

* Mass cane/Corn Plant – Dracaena Massangeana

* Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Sansevieria Laurentii

* Pot Mum – Chrysantheium morifolium

* Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum

* Warneckii – Dracaena “Warneckii”

Your health will most likely be tip-top for the long haul, if there’s minimal to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) lingering in the air in your house. Plus, when your air is clean, the chances of you and your loved ones getting sick or remaining sick are cut in half.

In addition to having a multitude of beautiful and beneficial plants, I suggest having a window open for at least an hour a day. As painful as that may sound for those of you in the more drastic climates, it is beneficial for your health and the general “feel” of your home.

No one wants to be in a stuffy environment. So go to the supermarket or run some errands while you are ventilating your home.

Some more helpful reminders?

All right, if you really want your plants to be a workhorse, you need to remember that dust will clog their “pores” and reduce the amount of oxygen and filtration they are truly capable of. In other words, do keep them clean (and while you are at it dust the whole house, no one wants dead skin cells all over everything)!

Also, as far as fertilizer goes, you are better off using what you have, as it will save you money and your plants will be thankful. So when making coffee, eating fruit, or vegetables, start a compost pike and sprinkle some on the top of plants once a month. You are reducing your waste and putting what came from the Earth back in to it.