Some plants can improve air quality - so if you are going to share your home with a roommate of the leafy green variety, why not choose something that takes away some toxins while making your house look pretty?

I did a little research and found out that I already own a few plants that do just that - Gerber daisies (a benzene remover) to name one, but I wanted to add a few more because heck - why not? I went to the store and ended up coming home with these beauties:


SNAKE PLANT . Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' . Filters formaldehyde (commonly found in toilet paper, cleaning products, & personal care products) and nitrogen oxides. Thrives in low light and humidity.

SPIDER PLANT . Chlorophytum comosum . Fights benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide & xylene (among other toxins). Thrives in bright indirect sunlight / Also very hard to kill. Perfect for me.


ALOE . Aloe vera . Eliminates benzene & formaldehyde / gel inside leaves can be used to heal burns and minor abrasions. Thrives in sunlight.

If you don't like the looks of the plants I chose or just want to make your house have the cleanest air on the block, here are some more alternatives:

+ Baby Rubber Plant

+ Bamboo Palm

+ Philodendron

+ Golden Pothos

+ Weeping Fig / Ficus

+ English Ivy

For more information about improving indoor air quality through the use of houseplants, visit the Mother Nature Network or Sustainable Babysteps.