Lauren Maier
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality can be significantly worse than the outdoor air quality of even the most polluted cities across the world. Considering that most Americans spend an average of 90 percent of their time spent indoors, poor indoor air quality can mean trouble if it's left unaddressed.

Indoor pollutants come in many forms, from biological pollutants like mold, bacteria or viruses, to chemical pollutants from toxic cleaning products or even formaldehyde, a noxious chemical used in the manufacture of many common synthetic house building materials.

Although severe air quality issues always warrant a call to a professional, there's an easy way to improve your home's air quality – bring the outdoors in! That is, use indoor plants to purify your air for you. Studies conducted by NASA have indicated that houseplants have the ability to filter low levels of several dangerous contaminants out of household air, making it safer to breathe.

If you're ready to make your home a little brighter and your air a little safer, it's time to make a trip to your local nursery or garden center and get planting. We've rounded up a list of our favorite houseplants for air purification so you can get to using your green thumb stat.

1. Snake plant

snake plant

If you're not too confident in that green thumb of yours just yet, Snake plants may be the perfect addition to your home as they're very resilient plants. Plus, they can remove toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

Snake plants thrive when potted in soil that drains well and placed in indirect sunlight. These babies only need to be watered once every few weeks, warranting jokes that they thrive off neglect.

2. Bamboo palm

bamboo palm plant

Bamboo palms are great for air purification and are easy to grow in shady conditions. If your living space doesn't get much natural light but you want to reap the benefits of air-purifying plants, a bamboo palm may be the best choice for you.

3. Aloe Vera

aloe vera plant

Another easy-to-grow houseplant, Aloe Vera is also known for its ability to remove toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde from air. Aloe grows best in areas that get a lot of sun, and you can allow the soil to dry out completely for a few days before bothering to water it again.

4. English Ivy

english ivy

A great option for air purification, English Ivy was shown in NASA's Clean Air study to be able to purify air pollutants like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and toluene. English Ivy thrives in a sunny environment with constant moisture and well-draining soil, but can also be comfortable in more shady areas as long as the temperature where it's kept remains constant.

Whether or not you're especially concerned with air purification efforts in your home, plants are wonderful mood boosters and brighten up any living space easily. Some plants are definitely more effective purifiers than others, but any indoor plant makes a great addition to your home.

Header Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

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Lauren Maier

Lauren Maier entered the world of freelancing shortly after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Editing, Writing, & Media in May 2018. Originally hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Lauren recently moved to Atlanta where she works in content creation and enjoys all the city has to offer in her spare time.

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