I found this article below at shift frequency and as a huge plant lover like me this was a genius idea!
"They’ve found several common houseplant varieties can essentially clean the air of certain chemicals. They tested a variety of plants to see which was best at removing carcinogens like trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene. But, these chemicals aren’t in my home—you might be thinking. And you would be wrong."
Cleansing the air with Air-Cleaning Plants
According to the NY Times:
“Formaldehyde is commonly found in drapes, glues and coating products. Benzene is a component of paint supplies and tobacco smoke, and trichloroethylene is used in adhesives, spot removers and other household products.”
The plants found to be most effective at purifying the air include:
- Peace lilies
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Gerbera daisies
- Snake plants
- Devil’s ivy
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium) - Reduces benzene and formaldehyde, while adding a splash of color in your home.
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) - A great plant for being out of direct sunlight, bamboo palm cleanses the air of formaldehyde.
- Red-Edge dracaena (Dracaena marginata) - This large-growing plant removes benzene and trichloroethylene from its surroundings.
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) - Don’t want to baby plants? Try this low-maintenance option that filters formaldehyde.