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8 Easy-Care Houseplants That Improve Air Quality

No green thumb? No problem! These low-maintenance houseplants will help boost the air quality in your home.

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Modern room with wooden dining table and chairsPhoto: Shutterstock/
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Not only do beautiful houseplants add freshness and pops of color to your home, they can also help you breathe easier. That’s because some plants remove airborne pollutants that can cause a variety of health problems, like headaches, dizziness and eye irritation. Just place one of these plants every 100 square feet in your home to maximize their air-cleaning benefits.

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peace lillyPhoto: Shutterstock/Gingo Scott
Photo: Shutterstock/Gingo Scott

1. Peace Lily

The popular peace lily is one of the best plants for purifying air—it removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia and more. Plus, it’s easy to care for; just keep in a dark corner and water once a week. Keep in mind that this plant is mildly toxic, so wash your hands after handling to prevent irritation.

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Home and garden concept of english ivy plant in pot on the balconyPhoto: Shutterstock/ Myimagine
Photo: Shutterstock/ Myimagine

2. English Ivy

Perfect for hanging baskets, this climbing plant is a great way to infuse freshness into your decor. Place this plant in a spot with direct sunlight, but be sure to keep it at a constant temperature. It requires plenty of water and well-drained soil. Not only does English ivy remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, it may also help prevent airborne mold from proliferating in your home.

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Tropical plant sansevieria trifasciata, also known as "Mother-in-law's tongue" or the snake plant, in a round pot at home doorstepsPhoto: Shutterstock/Myroslava
Photo: Shutterstock/Myroslava

3. Snake Plant

The snake plant requires very little care, making it a great plant for first-time gardeners. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures and light, meaning you can put it almost anywhere. Just be sure to keep the soil moist without overwatering. Snake plants are excellent at removing airborne pollutants like formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene and xylene.

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chrysanthemum in pot on window sillPhoto: Shutterstock/Maya Kruchankova
Photo: Shutterstock/Maya Kruchankova

4. Chrysanthemum

Who knew those pretty fall favorites also removed harmful toxins from the air? These plants need plenty of direct sunlight and moist soil (check the water levels every other day!) to produce those beautiful blooms, which help remove formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene and trichloroethylene from the air.

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Devil ivy decorated on tablePhoto: Shutterstock/Phimsri
Photo: Shutterstock/Phimsri

5. Devil’s Ivy

One of the most popular houseplants, devil’s ivy is a low-maintenance, hardy plant that flourishes in peaty soil with plenty of moisture. Keep it near a window to provide indirect sunlight, and remove tendrils if they grow too long.

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Little tree on a wooden table, dracaena fragransPhoto: Shutterstock/Wattanachon Kongthon
Photo: Shutterstock/Wattanachon Kongthon

6. Dracaena

Great for beginner gardeners, dracaena comes in several varieties that range in size and markings. Some varieties even produce small white flowers when mature. These plants are easy to care for—keep the soil damp and provide indirect sunlight. They help remove formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.

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Green lady palm or Bamboo with shadow on brown floor roughPhoto: Shutterstock/ Lamyai
Photo: Shutterstock/ Lamyai

7. Bamboo Palm

Great for the corner of a room, the bamboo palm is a sturdy plant that grows tall. It removes a range of harmful pollutants, like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and chloroform. Keep this plant in part sun, make sure the soil is moist and mist the plant to prevent spider mites.

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gerba daisyPhoto: Shutterstock/Jewelzz
Photo: Shutterstock/Jewelzz

8. Gerbera Daisy

These beautiful blooms are more than just for show – they help cleanse the air of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. They need plenty of sun and flourish in temperatures above 75 degrees. Be sure to not overwater—just keep the soil moist. These colorful flowers make great centerpieces for your next patio party. (Check out these easy tips for patio entertaining.)

Alexa Hackfort
Alexa is a writer who believes there’s always room for ice cream. Based in Milwaukee, she enjoys exploring the city, tackling new recipes and planning her next trip.