When you think of pollution, your mind is likelier to go to the dangers of not recycling and driving a car around town than it is to your living room. But while your home may be the last place you expect to face pollution, the reality is that your home is filled with pollutants that could be affecting your household air quality, including dust, smoke, animal dander, paint, etc. Luckily, you don’t necessarily need a fancy air purifier to get your home’s atmosphere in tip-top shape. All you may actually need is the right plant. Here, we highlight a few of our favorite plants that clear your air of common pollutants.
In research from NASA, garden mums came out just about on top in terms of plants that you could keep around the house to get rid of toxins in the air. Specifically, garden mums are effective in ridding the air of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.
Aside from the fact that spider plants help rid your home of pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene – just for the record, that’s reason enough to get these guys in your house – these plants are also a win because they’re super easy to care for and are perfectly content with healthy doses of indirect sunlight.
Like spider plants, having one of these ferns in your home will rid the air of formaldehyde and xylene. The only catch is that these guys are a little harder to care for. You’ll need to keep your fern pretty moist, and you should make sure to keep it in a cool space with indirect light and some high humidity.
With a bunch of different varieties that make it possible to find one that suits your taste and decor, a dracaena is a great way to rid your home of pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. A downside, though: these guys are toxic to cats and dogs.