We don’t think too much about the air we breathe in our homes. Unfortunately, there can be many unwanted toxins lurking in the space we live. While air purifiers can tackle air purifying and detoxifying, they can also be noisy and expensive.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of plants that can be used just as effectively to clean the air around us.  Not to mention a lush green plant adds a lot more to the decor of your home than a bulky air purifier.

Below, we’ve listed nine houseplants that do double duty. They’re welcomed additions to any home decor style while working hard to clean the air of toxins that can make you and your family sick.

English Ivy

Benefits of the English Ivy: English Ivy is said to be the plant that provides the most air purification of all house plants, and also provides a timeless, elegant look as it grows and drapes from its planter. It’s great for homes with pets, as it removes things like fecal matter and pesticides from the air. However, you’ll want to keep English Ivy potted and away from pets and their curiosity — it’s invasive and poisonous to animals.

How to care for it: English Ivy grows best in moist soil and cooler temperatures. Looking to give some to a friend? Snip a small section and replant it — it’s that easy!


Rubber Plant

Benefits of the Rubber Plant: Although “rubber” doesn’t sound particularly cleansing, Rubber plants are excellent at purifying the air by emitting high oxygen content.  Their smooth, thick, and oblong leaves make for a unique look.   Rubber plants can grow up to eight feet tall.

How to care for it: Rubber plants are easy to care for, requiring indirect sunlight (think: behind a sheer). Water when the soil is dry, but not more — yellowing leaves indicate overwatering. This plant is also poisonous to cats and dogs.
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