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6 House Plants That Naturally Clean Your Air

Naturally Clean Your Air & Give Your House A Much-Needed Upgrade

Pollution comes in two equally unappetizing “flavors”: outdoor and indoor. The former, is all the nastiness that comes off of everything from vehicles and airplanes (that exhaust is no joke) to industrial gas emissions, and is the reason why we invented our BubbaAir. The latter, however, can come from places you’d never suspect—from stoves and fireplaces to house-cleaning solutions and tobacco smoke.

And while experts can pretty much all agree that the effects of said pollution isn’t great for you, indoor air pollution isn’t as recognized as a public health hazard—even though most people spend their lives day in and day out, indoors. So, to help combat indoor pollutants—and add some extra feng shui to your home—we’ve rounded up our favorite house plants that can actually help clean and purify the air.

English Ivy

This popular house plant has been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some common household cleaning products.

What It Needs: Anything from full shade to full sun. Bonus: You can even grow it into fun shapes!

Bamboo Palm

This plant is known to filter out harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene—a chemical that is commonly found in paint, gasoline, and glues.

What It Needs: Part sun or shade.

Rubber Leaf

According to a study conducted by NASA, rubber leaf trees improve indoor air quality by absorbing airborne chemicals and “filtering” them. They’re especially good at filtering out formaldehyde.

What It Needs: Sunny areas, away from direct sunlight. (A sunny spot shielded by a sheer curtain is often perfection!)

Snake Plant

This variety removes benzene, formaldehyde, xylene (found in aerosol paint) and toluene (found in everything from bath mats to floor polish) from the air.

What It Needs: Indirect light. The leaves can also be boiled to create a topical holistic medicine great for pain and irritation (just don’t eat it).

Boston Fern

While, this lush plant can be finicky, it’s also the most efficient at filtering out airborne formaldehyde.

What It Needs: Daily waterings and mistings in the summer, monthly in the winter.

Dragon Tree:

This plant is especially good at filtering xylene and trichloroethylene—a chemical commonly found in household surface cleaners.

What It Needs: Arguably one of the easiest plants to look after, all this plant needs is weekly watering and indirect light.

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