5 Plants That Can Help Improve Air Quality in Your Home

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Just because you can't see in your home doesn't mean they aren't there. In a , researchers looked at eight common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — the potentially harmful compounds found in paint, and other common household items — and at absorbing those compounds through their leaves and roots. These are the five plants they looked at and the VOCs they absorb best.

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Jade Plant

This isn't just fun to look at. Researchers also found it beats out the other plants at removing toluene, which is found in paint thinners, lacquers and adhesives — jade wiped out 91% of the pollutant over a 12-hour sampling period.

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Spider Plant

The found in items like ink and rubber weren't a problem around this guy. The plant, which gets its name from its shape, was the best at removing ethylbenzene (62%), p-Xylene (92%) and o-Xylene (93%) from the air over a 12-hour sampling period.

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Bromeliad

This plant is more than just a pretty face. Not only was it the most effective at overall — it wiped out more than 80% of six of the eight compounds — but it also took the cake in getting rid of 92% of benzene, a gas found in .

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Dracaena

All of the were great at removing acetone — the chemical found in remover — but dracaena did the best, removing more than 94% of the chemical in only 12 hours.

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Caribbean Tree Cactus

And here we thought cacti couldn't get any cooler. The Caribbean tree removed a handful of VOCs from the air: 80% of p-Xylenes, ethylbenzene and acetone, and 60% of toluene, o-Xylene and benzene.

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