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5 Air Filtering Plants that are Kid Safe

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I remember growing up at my parents home and my mom used to always have plants in the house. As a matter of fact, she’s always had a green thumb, which she inherited from my grandmother. I just thought plants were made to make your yard or home pretty, however there are many plants that work to improve the air quality and remove toxins that are in our homes.

Back in 1989, NASA conducted a study on several different house plants to determine how much toxicity they remove. In fact, these toxins are absorbed through the leaves and neutralizes in the soil. As a result, the study was very successful and they were able to share what plants would be beneficial for your home.

As we transition, our home to being toxic free, adding plants to the environment would help combat all the polluted air and add an pretty aesthetic to our home. Since we spend most of our time, in our homes, why wouldn’t you want to breathe in good quality air?! I have hidden my green thumb considering that my kids tend to get into everything. There were several plants that were used and were successful, in the NASA study. However, I will only share plants that will not only filter the air, but safe to have around your kids.

Read more about the NASA Clean Air Study here.

Toxins are Everywhere

Here are the 5 toxins that are polluting our air:


Found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives, and paint remover/stripper. Side effects: with short term exposure includes excitement, dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness and coma.


Found in paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, table napkins, particle board, plywood, paneling, and synthetic fabrics. Side effects: irritation to nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and lungs.


Used to make plastics, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Can also be found in tobacco smoke, vehicle exhausts, glue, paint and furniture wax. Side Effects: irritation to eyes, drowsiness, increase in heart rate, headaches, confusion, and in some cases unconsciousness.


Found in printing, rubber, leather, and paint industries, tobacco smoke, and vehicle exhausts. Side Effects: irritation to mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.


Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers. Side effects: eye irritation, coughing and sore throat.


5 Kid Safe Plants that Filter the Air

Chinese Evergreen (Algaonema Modestum)

Chinese Evergreens are very durable and don’t require a lot of light, prefers dry air, and moderate watering. Make sure to wipe the dust off the leaves for optimal filtration.

Removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Spider plants are the easiest plants to take care of; perfect for beginners. They just need bright, indirect light and if you forget to water them, they forgive you. They also produce ‘babies’ which makes it easy to regrow.

Removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

Red Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)

There are about 40 different Dracaena species, but this and the Cornstalk Dracaena are among the species that NASA studied. This plant can grow up to 15 feet, making it easy to filter the air. Moderate sunlight and water is this plant needs.

Removes trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)

Bamboo palms thrive in bright, direct light. Due to it’s potential grow up to 12 feet tall, it is the best at filtering the environment. All things considered, it’s best to place this plant where you have high ceilings.

Removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata)

Boston Ferns require misting of their leaves. They require high humidity, moist soil, and indirect light. However, they can thrive in drought like conditions. Furthermore,they act as humidifiers, putting moisture back into the air.

Removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

What plants do you have in your homes?

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