Plants do more than just make the house look nice, they also filter out pollutants and toxins from our air, according to NASA

This is very important for people who live in the city, an environment in which the air could use the filtering effect of oxygen-producing flora, and is very important for well-being and vibrant health as well.

When it comes to figuring out which plants make your home’s air quality sufficient for your health needs, NASA have done the grunt work and compiled a useful list for us. They carried out a clean air study in 1989 together with Associated Landscape Contractors of America to figure out which common indoor plants are best for ridding the air of pollutants and toxins.

In this article, we will list the top 18 plants you should bring into your house to experience better health and cleaner air.

The following toxins are floating around in the air and they have dangerous effect on human health

Like a majority of chemicals, the adverse effects you experience are dependant on various factors, such as the method of exposure, how long you were exposed for, the type of chemical you were exposed to and the amount to which you were exposed.

Below we have listed the toxic agents to look out for, including information on where they are found and their associated symptoms

Trichloroethylene

This compound is found in paint stripper/remover, adhesives, varnishes, lacquers, paints and printing inks. When exposed to this toxin for a short time, the symptoms include coma, vomiting and nausea followed by drowsiness, dizziness and excitement.

Xylene

Found in tobacco smoke, vehicle exhausts, paint, leather, rubber and printing industries. Symptoms of short term exposure include coma, kidney and liver damage, heart problems, confusion, headaches, dizziness, irritation of the mouth and throat.

Formaldehyde

Found in synthetic fabrics, plywood panels, particle boards, table napkins, paper towels, facial tissue, waxed papers and paper bags. Symptoms of short-term exposure include swelling of the lungs and larynx and irritation of the throat, mouth and nose.

Benzene

Found in furniture wax, paint, glue and tobacco smoke. It is used in the manufacturing of pesticides, drugs, detergents, dyes, rubber, lubricants, synthetic fibres, resins, and plastics. Symptoms of short term exposure include unconsciousness, confusion, headaches, increased heart rate, dizziness, drowsiness and irritation to the eyes.

Ammonia

Found in fertilizers, smelling salts, floor waxes and window cleaners. Symptoms of short-term exposure include sore throat, coughing and eye irritation.

Without further ado, here are 18 of the best air-filtering plants

  1. Dwarf Date Palm
  2. Boston Fern
  3. Kimberly Queen Fern
  4. Spider Plant
  5. Chinese Evergreen
  6. Bamboo Palm
  7. Weeping Fig
  8. Devil’s Ivy
  9. Flamingo Lily
  10. Lilyturf
  11. Broadleaf Lady Palm
  12. Barberton Daisy
  13. Cornstalk Dracaena
  14. English Ivy
  15. Varigated Snake Plant
  16. Red-Edged Dracaena
  17. Peace Lily
  18. Florists Chrysanthemum

Safety Warning for Pet owners

Some of these plants listed above have been shown to be poisonous to dogs, cats and other pets. If you have a pet, please do some research on the plants to find out how toxic they are before you bring them into you house.