It’s common knowledge that regular cleaning and sweeping can improve the air quality in your household, but did you know that keeping houseplants can also purify the air circulating in your home? (NASA even used houseplants as a way to purify the air in space crafts in the 1980s!) There are a variety of houseplants that help remove harmful chemicals and toxins from the air in your home and make it healthier for you to breathe in. Best of all, this method is inexpensive and accessible at your nearest plant shop. Discover which helpful plants can be placed throughout your home to help filter the air:

Aloe Vera

Aloe is an excellent choice to put in an area of the house that receives a lot of sun. This easy-to-grow plant helps free your home from formaldehyde and benzene, which can be commonly found in paint or chemical-based cleaning supplies.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Within a few days, this pet-friendly plant battles many of the toxins in indoor air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. For those who have a hard time keeping plants alive, the spider plant is a perfect fit due to its durability.

Chinese Evergreen

The red berries that the Chinese Evergreen plant produces are aesthetically beautiful and help rid your home of pollutants. This plant is also easy to care for!

Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

This plant, commonly called a “mum”, comes in a variety of colors and its flowers will brighten up any room. The flowers of the mum help filter out benzene. Mums blossom best near a window with direct sunlight and are an excellent choice to accentuate your favorite part of the house.

Peace Lily

The peace lily plant should be your bathroom’s new best friend. This angelic beauty helps to keep tiles and curtains in your restroom free from mildew by absorbing the bacterium through its leaves. This plant has the ability to improve your air humidity by 60% and also absorbs harmful vapors such as acetone.

Next time you stop by the store don’t forget to browse the plant section for your lovely new air filtration system!

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