Bring the Green Inside: 10 Great Indoor Plants That Will Help You Breathe Easier

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Chemical-based cleaning products, car exhaust, ink, plastics and more all release unwanted toxins. Do you really want that hanging around your home? We've found the best plants to take pollutants out of the air, leaving your home a healthier place for you and the family.

Aloe: This is a sun-loving succulent that takes away icky chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene, left behind from things like paint and cleaning products. Its gel insides are also great for an ouchy sunburn!

Aloe Vera

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Gerber Daisy: This pretty plant requires a lot of light, but it's great for removing trichloroethylene from dry cleaning. Consider putting it in your laundry room!gerber daisy

Golden Pothos: A vine-like plant perfect for hanging baskets, it removes formaldehyde and can be kept in darker areas. It's a great option for livening up the garage, especially because car exhaust has tons of formaldehyde in it. golden pothos

Chrysanthemum: This flower will help to brighten up a room, so long as you keep it in a sunny spot. It'll also help to filter out benzene, which comes from paint, glue, plastics and more. chrysanthemum

Weeping Fig: This is a great ficus to bring some life to a lackluster room. With the right combination of light and water, you can filter out benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from your home or office. weeping fig

Wax Begonia: Give it lots of light and it will give you lots of color. Producing white, pink or red flowers, this begonia takes away benzene and chemicals produced by toluene.


Chinese Evergreen: This is a low-maintenance plant, so if watering plants isn't high on your to-do list, this is a great choice. It will help to filter a variety of air pollutants and after enough time and exposure, it'll filter toxins! chineese evergreen

Lady Palm: This plant takes a bit to start growing tall, but once it does, it has a charming leafy tree-like structure. It will add charm to any room while removing ammonia.  potted palm tree

Peace Lily: This delicate-looking flower will fight formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene with some shade and a weekly watering.

peace lily

Boston Fern: When left in indirect sunlight with frequent watering, this plant is great for increasing your home's humidity and filtering out pollutants like formaldehyde. This is best grown in a hanging basket or on a tall pedestal.

boston fern

Sources: Mother Nature Network and This Old House.