NASA researchers have been doing studies on the effect of different plants on air quality, because that’s the kind of useful thing to know when you’re sending a bunch of space nerds up in tin cans to poke satellites with a stick or whatever they do. It turns out that a few specific plants are great for air quality. They’re way to maintain, often require very little light, they’re pretty, and they’ll have you breathing clean air in no time!
English Ivy: This delightful plant is a great bathroom buddy because it cleans around 58% of the feces particles in the environment, as well as getting rid of formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and other toxins, often in as little as six hours!
The Dumb Ol’ Ficus Plant: One of the most commonplace plants in the American home, the dumb ol’ ficus plant has been the subject of internet humor for years, but did you know that it’s a great cleaner of formaldehyde? Just don’t eat the leaves, because they’ll make you sick.
Spider Plant: It does whatever a spider can’t, which in this case means that it can clean the air around it up to 200 square feet of space! Bye bye toxics and other nastiness, the spider plant is here to save the day.
Snake Plant: Continuing this trend of finding uses for plants named after horrifying things, the snake plant reaches to the sky with long elegant leaves that can scrub the air of a bunch of pollutants. Because it requires minimal light and even produces oxygen at night, it makes for a great bedroom plant.
Peace Lily: One of the best air purifiers out there, the humble peace lily cleans ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and other nasty stuff out of the air. it’s another mildly poisonous plant, so don’t chew on it unless you like nasty stomach aches.
Well, there you go. As this stock photo of a happy gardener shows, being around a bunch of plants will have you breathing easier and enjoying the wonders of nature. So start piling up those dumb ol’ ficus plants!