The Healthy Hack

It’s quite an arduous task to grow plants inside your home. But there are beneficial reasons why you should do it. With all the chemicals present, either in your home or office, the air you breathe can make your health at risk.

Plants help improve the air you breathe. According to NASA, they help balance the chemical’s effect given off by furniture, cleaning products or varnishes. They initially conducted a study to see the effects of plants in spaceships to the air quality.

Here are some plants that will give color to your home and promote better air quality; as they fight the most common toxin such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, trichloroethylene etc.

English Ivy

This plant is good at eliminating harmful toxin and reduction of airborne-fecal particles. It also helps ease your airways and reduce cough and asthma. In a research, the vines help prevent molds from growing in your house.

Remember not to let your children eat the leaves or its berries.

Aloe Vera

Because of its wide range of health benefits, this is a no-brainer. Aside from its healing properties, be it on wounds and inflammations, it also removes toxin that can be found in detergents and plastics. It treats burns, purifies the air and even great for hair and skin. This plant is also used to place in your room to fight insomnia and promote better sleep.

Snake Plant

It’s fondly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”. It helps eradicate toxin in the air. With just a little amount of water, it’ll come alive easily.


The vibrancy adds to the room comes with effective toxin-fighting properties. Also known as “garden mum”, it helps to the removal of ammonia in the air.

Spider Plant

Growing this plant is a child’s play especially for beginners. You can cut a small section of the plant and they will grow on their own. They best operate in removing pollutants from vehicle exhaust.

Gerbera Daisy

This plant is best to put in a well-drained soil with direct sunlight and the laundry or bedroom area because it fights off chemicals that come from varnishes, adhesives, and dry cleaning.

Red-edged Dracaena

Among the dracaena family, the red-edged type is the one you need. It grows slowly but can reach up to 15 ft. high, clearing out toxicant present in the air.

Bamboo Palm

This plant can grow in a larger scale and one of the most famous plants indoors. You may place them in big, unused areas or perhaps near the furniture. It counters trichloroethylene and benzene.

Peace Lily

It’s one of the best indoor plants because not only it’s a nice decoration but it requires minimal watering and sunlight. It drowns out poisonous chemicals like ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene.


This lovely plant not only eliminates toxic but it also repels mosquitoes. You can start having your own hanging garden with this with enough light and water to bloom.

Boston Fern

This act as an organic air purifier. It rejuvenates moisture in the air and battles toxin. They live on bright light, humid and wet soil.

Weeping Fig

This is one of the most popular houseplants. NASA said that this plant is a natural filter of toxin in the air. Indirect sunlight is enough to maintain this plant.

Chinese Evergreen

You can grow and pair this with weeping fig as its low maintenance and lives on with indirect sunlight and humid atmosphere. They also produce high level of breathable oxygen.

Golden Pothos

It’s also known as the “money plant”. It is great in purifying the air by clearing out the toxin in the air like carbon monoxide. It’s easy to maintain (less sun and water). But keep it out of reach of children and pets because it’s dangerous when consumed.


It’s pretty and serves a purpose in banishing toxin coming from varnishes and plywood. This flowering plant likes it warm and shady and has a lot of variations too.

Rubber Plant

This plant isn’t only good with toxin but also prevents molds and bacteria. Maintenance is a piece of cake. Dim lights and occasional watering will do.

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