The 10 Best Air-Purifying Houseplants

These help clean the air naturally and quietly.

How to clean the air with houseplants.
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They look like mild-mannered plants, but some houseplants actually have a stealth superpower: They can help clean the air of invisible toxins. No matter if you live in the city or the country, there are pollutants in indoor air that can affect your health. Many are created by things that are a part of ordinary, modern living: printer ink, housecleaning fluids, furniture polish, electronics, and so on. While you can’t ban those from your life, you can reduce their impact by adding air-scrubbing houseplants to your home.

To maximize their air-purifying benefits, get as many plants as you can, of all different kinds, and scatter them throughout every room in your house, including the bathroom, where a lot of cleaner fumes get trapped! Of course, plants aren’t as powerful as electronic air filters, but they offer something machines can't: They increase oxygen levels (without the noise). And who doesn’t love breathing fresh air?

The Toxins You'll Likely Find In Your Home:


Acetone: It’s not just in your nail polish remover, but also in other cleaners, and even your electronics.

Ammonia: Found in cleaners, textiles, and the dyes in everything from your sofa to your clothes.

Benzene: A carcinogen found in most paints.

Carbon monoxide: It can come from kitchen appliances and passing vehicles (or from your own garage).

Formaldehyde: It’s in floorboards, furniture, and particle boards.

Mold spores and other airborne bacteria: Wet bathrooms and kitchens are common sources.

Trichloroethylene:It’s emitted by printer ink, paints, and paint removers.

Xylene: Found in leather, rubber, and car exhaust.

In a NASA study, there are 18 houseplants that filter out toxins. These are the 10 most powerful.

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