Since we’re spending most of our time indoors these days, healthy air quality should be a top priority. Some plants like the English Ivy, Peace Lily, or Spider Plant can help purify your air naturally. Below are a list of seven plants that can help purify your indoor air and aid in the removal of pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon monoxide.
English Ivy: English Ivy is excellent for removing harmful chemicals found in the home. It can grow in full shade to full sun, can be trained into shapes, and with proper care, it is likely to survive for several years
Peace Lily: Known for its ability to fight against toxic gases such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, peace lilies are relatively easy to care for and even show signs of drooping when they need to be watered.
Spider Plant: This easy to care for houseplant thrives in bright, indirect light and works hard to remove the air of harmful pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
Rubber Tree: Rubber trees have been shown to absorb and break down harmful chemicals in the air. Their large, glossy leaves also take in the carbon dioxide we exhale and convert it to oxygen.
Pothos: Pothos earned high marks in a NASA clean air study for clearing the air of benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, carbon monoxide and xylene.
Parlor Palm: Parlor palms, popular during the Victorian Era, are still popular today, thanks in part to their ability to adapt to the low light conditions found in most homes. According to NASA's study on plants that clean the air, they can also remove benzene and trichloroethylene from your home or workplace.
Aloe Vera: Aloes are easy-to-grow succulents and clean the air of benzene and formaldehyde when given off by paints, cleaners with chemical ingredients and other products.