10+ Gorgeous Plants That’ll Actually Purify The Air In Your Home


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Houseplants can make your home look super lush and stylish, but did you know that while they’re sittin’ pretty on your windowsill, they’re also purifying your air?

Some plants literally let you ~breathe easy~ by increasing the amount of oxygen in the air through photosynthesis, as well as filtering and purifying it. Studies show they can even remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Plus, most air-purifying plants are pretty easy to keep alive.Here are some houseplants that are proven to clear the air in your home (and how to care for them):

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Some plants literally let you ~breathe easy~ by increasing the amount of oxygen in the air through photosynthesis, as well as filtering and purifying it. Studies show they can even remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Plus, most air-purifying plants are pretty easy to keep alive.

Here are some houseplants that are proven to clear the air in your home (and how to care for them):

1. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

Sun: Indirect to direct light; full sun is ideal
Water: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between waterings
Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes
Eliminates: Carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

2. English ivy (Hedera helix)

Sun: Indirect lightWater: When the top of the soil is dry to the touchToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

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Sun: Indirect light
Water: When the top of the soil is dry to the touch
Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes
Eliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

3. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Sun: Partial shade; can tolerate fluorescent lightsWater: At least once a week; wait for it to droop slightly before wateringToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

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Sun: Partial shade; can tolerate fluorescent lights
Water: At least once a week; wait for it to droop slightly before watering
Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes
Eliminates: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

4. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Sun: Medium indirect light to full sun; tolerates low lightWater: About every two weeks; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene

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Sun: Medium indirect light to full sun; tolerates low light
Water: About every two weeks; allow the soil to dry out between waterings
Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes
Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene

5. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Sun: Bright indirect light
Water: When the soil surface feels dry
Toxic to dogs and cats: No
Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

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