Also known as aloe vera, aloe is excellent for clearing airborne formaldehyde and benzene, which are harmful byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints. Keep the plant in direct sunlight when the weather isn’t too hot, and allow the soil to dry a little between watering.
Best for eradicating benzene and trichloroethylene, Bamboo Palms also act as natural humidifiers. The palm thrives indoors in shady rooms and its soil should be kept slightly moist. One of its most charming features is that it often produces flowers and small berries.
Notable for emitting high oxygen content, the Chinese Evergreen filters a broad range of air toxins. It also produces blooms and red berries, making it a wonderful addition to your home. The plant thrives in the shade and should be kept well drained. Be careful of its poisonous sap.
Chrysanthemum is a delightful decorative plant that filters out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, cigarettes, plastics and detergent. It also eliminates trichloroethylene, which is found in solvents and cleaners, as well as formaldehyde and ammonia. Keep it in partial sunlight and give it lots of water to help it bloom.
The colorful and sun-loving Gerber Daisy is uniquely adept at getting rid of benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical, and trichloroethylene, which results from dry cleaning. Place the pot at your bedroom’s window to ensure that it receives enough light.
Especially good at doing away with high concentrations of pollutants, particularly formaldehyde, Heartleaf Philodendron is a vining houseplant and can grow quite large. It needs moderate to low water and sunlight, and should be kept away from pets and children as it is toxic if eaten.
The Peace Lily was ranked by NASA as the top plant for removing all three of the most common volatile chemicals usually found in households: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It also removes mold spores, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. It loves the shade and only needs weekly watering.
Ranked as the third most efficient household plant for removing formaldehyde, the Spider Plant also helps clear benzene, carbon monoxide and other toxins. Keep the plant’s rich foliage green and its white flowers vibrant by giving it bright, indirect sunlight and sufficient water.
Snake Plants absorb toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde, which are common in cleaning and personal care products. Because they don’t need much light or water, you can place them in the bathroom to improve the air quality. Lessen the amount of water you give the plant during winter.
The Weeping Fig is the perfect addition to your living room as it gets rid of pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture, such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It’s important that you give it plenty of sunlight and keep it moderately watered.