6 Detoxifying plants for your home

Our homes can start to become stuffy over the winter months as we keep our windows firmly closed to keep out the chilly winds, and our heating is on to keep us warm and our washing dry.  But did you know that some plants have fantastic air purifying qualities that can help to detox your home from airborne toxins, germs and dust that can be found in everyday household products?

Don’t just take our word for it at Bidmead Cook as we got our information from a study undertaken by NASA, who studied a variety of plants to find a way to purify the air in space facilities.  So here are our top choices of house plants that can give your home a breath of fresh air.


  1. Spider plant

This plant is no newbie when it comes to decorating homes, but we don’t think this it’s given the credit it deserves.  Not only is it resilient, so great for those who particularly struggle to keep house plants alive, but it will it add colour to your home, all the while battling carbon monoxide and xylene.   Another advantage of this plant is that it is not toxic to animals, so the perfect choice if you have pets.


  1. Aloe Vera

This plant’s healing powers are widely known, and it is used in many skin care ranges and beauty products.  We recommend that you pop this plant in your kitchen, as it will come in very handy soothing any burns that may arise as you whisk up some culinary delights.

But what about the air?  Well, this special plant helps cleanse the air of benzene and formaldehyde, which can be found in detergents, varnishes and floor finishes.


  1. Chrysanthemum

This pretty flower, a favourite of many, will brighten your home with its colourful petals.  But its beauty is only part of this plant’s charm, as its blooms filter out the toxins found in glue, detergents and plastics, such as ammonia and benzene.


  1. Barberton daisy

With its playful flowers in bold shades or orange, red and yellow it’s hard to imagine that these blooms are cleansing your house as well as providing a cheerful burst of colour.  It tackles those toxins found in paints and synthetic fibres such as trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.


  1. Snake plant

Working in a completely different way to the plants we have featured thus far, the snake plant absorbs carbon monoxide during the night and releases oxygen.  A great choice for your bedroom, as you could benefit from an oxygen boost while you sleep.  Another great location for this plant is your bathroom, as it filters pollutants found in toilet roll and personal care products – oh, and it thrives in steamy humid conditions.


  1. English ivy

Another plant that you may wish to consider for your bathroom or cloakroom is English ivy.  NASA described it as the best air filtering plant out there. You may be pleased to discover that it reduces airborne foecal particles, but it also helps to cleanse the air of the formaldehyde that can be found in some cleaning products.


So next time you are looking for that perfect home accessory, why not take a trip to your local garden centre and choose a plant to help detox your home?