12 Houseplants That Purify Your Home's Air

They also happen to be some of the most tolerant, low-maintenance plants out there.

Household Plants That Purify Air
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We don't need to give you the hard sell on houseplants: They instantly add color, vibrancy, and a breath of fresh air to your space, no matter the size. As it turns out, these greens — ferns, palms, and ivy to name a few — also breath a little life into you, too.

How do plants purify air?

Let's take it back to science class: During photosynthesis (you remember that word, don't ya?), plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen and remove toxins from the air we breathe. NASA tested this theory in a when they examined how popular houseplants diffuse toxic chemicals including:

  • Formaldehyde, which can cause irritation to nose, mouth, and throat.
  • Benzane, which can cause irritation to eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, increase in heart rate, headaches, and confusion.
  • Trichlorothylene, which can cause dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

    Through the study, they found several, no-fuss plants that actually filter out the bad stuff and easily grow indoors.

    What plants are best for purifying air?

    The plants below filter at least one or all of the three tested toxins: Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene. They also happen to be some of the most tolerant, low-maintenance plants out there, which means it's very hard to kill them.

    How many plants do you need to purify a room?

    The more plants, the better. To reap the benefits, have at least . Keep in mind that plants with larger leaves — think: palms — purify air quicker. , the man behind the NASA study, recommends and plants because they take up the most surface area.

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