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5 Plants That Purify Indoor Air

5 Plants That Purify Indoor Air

These household plants are all NASA scientist-approved for helping clear airborne toxins.

There are a wide variety of toxic chemicals lurking in your home, and while you can take steps to minimize them, one the most prevalent chemicals in your home isn’t easy to get rid of. Formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound that’s emitted in low levels by a variety of household building products and furniture, may cause cancer in humans and has been known to trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels. 

1. Boston Fern

Boston Ferns remove more formaldehyde than any other plant. They’re also highly efficient at removing other indoor air pollutants, such as benzene and xylene.

2. Palm Trees

Palm trees seem particularly good at removing indoor air pollutants, specifically formaldehyde, and they’re relatively easy to care for.

3. Rubber Plants 

If you’ve got a dim office that’s just screaming for cleaner air and a little touch of nature, try a rubber plant. It will tolerate very little sun.

4. English Ivy

Grown outdoors, English Ivy is an invasive species that can damage your home’s exterior and tear off your gutters, but bring it inside, and it becomes an effective formaldehyde remover. 

5. Peace Lily

One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes really will bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter.