The Best Houseplants to Keep in Your Kitchen

These plants can withstand anything your weeknight cooking will throw at them.

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May 21, 2019

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Whether you’re a certified #plantmom or are just dipping your toes into the world of succulents and orchids, it’s hard to ignore the trend surrounding plants at the moment — and for good reason. They’re a sustainable way to add some color to your space, and they come with great benefits like purifying the air and eliminating odors.

And while you might be perusing Instagram for the most stylish plant to put in your living room, plants are actually pretty helpful in the kitchen, too. To remedy everything from a lingering garlic smell to a small oven burn, we’ve rounded up some of the best plants to have at your side while cooking. Don’t worry: We’ve included some options for those without the greenest of thumbs, too.

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If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you’re probably familiar with aloe vera. But did you know the thick gel inside aloe plants can actually help soothe mild burns in the kitchen as well? Keep one of these low-maintenance plants close by your stove for that inevitable time you need quick relief.

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Infusing your kitchen with the delicious scent of whatever you’re cooking is great, but still smelling garlic the next day definitely isn’t. If you're a fan of whipping up pungent dinners that smell overnight, it’s good to have a few spider plants in there for purifying the air and eliminating odors.

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We understand you have a lot to worry about in the kitchen, and your house plants shouldn’t factor in to that. Luckily, there are some plants, like the Chinese Evergreen, that require little-to-no attention, which means you can have beautiful greenery on your counter without it interrupting what’s really important — like what you’re going to have for dinner.

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We know it might sound weird to have a distinctive smell potentially combating whatever you’re cooking, but rather than lighting a candle or spraying some air freshener, keeping a vase of lavender will give your space the needed hint of freshness it deserves.

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Sometimes things can get crazy in the kitchen — frying, boiling water, accidentally forgetting about those cookies in the oven (yeah, we've been there, too). For your kitchen, pick a plant, like Devil’s Ivy, that can withstand drastic changes in air condition.

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Counter space is precious in even the most spacious of kitchens, so we understand that you might not want to give it away to a decorative plant. Hang your greenery near a window so you get the best of both worlds. Bonus: This one is a great air purifier, as well!

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Not every kitchen gets the nice, natural light we all crave. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little life to your space. Snake plants require virtually no natural light, meaning they will thrive in that otherwise-sad dark corner of your counter.

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