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House Plants That Clean the Air in Your Home

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today should be a nice day.  Shelley and I will spend it drawing and painting in the art studio most of the day.  At 3:00 we will be at the barn for Shelley's riding lesson.  I hope Elmo is a good boy today like he was yesterday!

Due to the toxins in oil paint and oil paint mediums, I wanted to bring in some house plants that will help clean the air. 



English Ivy and Chinese evergreen are two easy to maintain plants that will help purify the air in your home. 

Here is a list of plants from a NASA study proven to work hard at removing toxins:

1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium', heartleaf philodendron
2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana', cornstalk dracaena
4. Hedera helix, English ivy
5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig', Janet Craig dracaena
7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii', Warneck dracaena
8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa', peace lily
11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena

Gerber daisies are also great for cleaning the air, plus they are pretty!


I have English ivy and a snake plant in the house already, and over the weekend, I bought a dumb cane plant (dieffenbachia compacta) which is not on the above list, but it is also a great air cleaner.


What are you doing today?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. That's some good info there. I'm glad to know that too because I've been thinking about bringing in some real greenery this winter. Thanks girl!

  2. I have never really liked the look of most house plants but I think this is a good reason to get over that. I do love the look of a fern and the ivy so perhaps I can get an ivy growing in my home. I am a lover of candles which I know are reportedly terrible for air pollution. Thanks for this reminder!

  3. Love the ivy in the planter & table setting. Very pretty. I bring in my real live plants during the winter ... love them.
    Have a lovely day ~
    TTFN ~

  4. I had no idea. I sure am glad I've got my ficus!! and a couple more. I take them out in the spring and inside in the fall, so at least I've got a couple of plants working for me and I had no clue! Thanks for the info. Good stuff to know. I'm cleaning house, working out and getting my hair done this afternoon! Exciting stuff here! LOL Have a great day.

  5. ooo this is a great post.
    I wonder if these would help my allergies!!
    Must try

  6. Great idea! I love plants and try to fill my home with them.

  7. This inspires me to move beyond my philodendron! They are just so easy to care for droop=water!


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