When you think of pollution, you think of the toxins in our environment that affect the quality of our air, like air pollutants from car exhaust. However, pollution is by no means limited to the air outdoors. Without significant fresh air in our homes and offices, the air we breathe indoors can become filled with pollutants as well, which can take a serious toll on health. Opening your windows to let in fresh air whenever possible is an important step to fighting this problem; Research shows another invaluable way to improve indoor air quality is to keep plants in your home or office.

 

Check out our list of some of the best plants to keep around the indoor spaces you spend most of your time in, and see how filling your space with foliage can not only beautify your surrounds but show some much needed love to your lungs.

 

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English Ivy

English Ivy was ranked as the best air-filtering plant that you can keep in your home by NASA. This remarkable plant ranked highly not only because of its strong ability to clear the air of a number of pollutants, but also because of its adaptability in terms of how you can place it around your house — you can hang it or let it sit on the floor, and it can thrive even in small spaces with moderate sunlight and temperatures. English Ivy can alleviate allergies by ridding the air of allergens in the home, like mold and animal feces. It is also particularly effective in absorbing formaldehyde, which is the most prevalent indoor pollutant and can be found in upholstery, carpets, paint, etc.

 

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Rubber Plant

Like English Ivy, the rubber plant can be especially effective in ridding the air of the pollutants and toxins, like formaldehyde. It can also contribute to overall healthier, cleaner air in your home by releasing high levels of oxygen content. Rubber plant has the added benefit of being a super low-maintenance and easy to grow plant, meaning it won’t take a lot of hard work to take care of it.

 

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Peace Lily

There aren’t too many flowering plants that serve as good air-purifiers, but since people most commonly like to adorn their homes and offices with flowers as opposed to nonflowering plants, finding flowering plants that can remove pollutants in the air is always a plus. The peace lily is one such plant. Not only does it remove formaldehyde from the air, but it also removes chemicals like benzene, which is found in paint and furniture wax; trichloroethylene, which can be found in metal cleaners, carpet cleaners, spot removers, and varnishes; and acetone, which can be emitted by electronics and certain cleaners.

 

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Lady Palm

Lady palm, while requiring a bit of room to grow, can give your home or office an aesthetically pleasing touch while simultaneously cleaning the air. Lady palm can be effective in removing toxins, like formaldehyde and xylene, from the air, and can also rid it of ammonia, which is in many textiles, dyes, and household cleaners. It can thrive even in dry, humid environments with very little sunlight, so it is not very demanding in terms of maintenance.

 

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Spider Plant

Another flowering air-purifier, the spider plant is perhaps one of the most resilient of the plants on our list, and for this reason it’s a great option for those who don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to caring for plants. The spider plant can be successful in ridding the air in your home or office of harmful chemicals, like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and xylene — the last of which can make its way into your air via sources like paint, gasoline, and permanent markers.

 

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