Just because you can't see pollutants in your home doesn't mean they aren't there. In an August 2016 study, researchers looked at eight common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — the potentially harmful compounds found in paint, cleaning supplies, and other common household items — and plants that excel at absorbing those compounds through their leaves and roots. Here are the five plants they looked at and the VOCs they absorb best.
This succulent isn't just fun to look at. Researchers also found it beats out the other plants at removing toluene — found in paint thinners, lacquers, and adhesives — where it wiped out 91 percent of the pollutant over a 12-hour sampling period.
The chemicals found in items like ink and rubber weren't a problem around this guy. The spider plant, which gets its name from its shape, was the best at removing ethylbenzene (62 percent), p-Xylene (92 percent), and o-Xylene (93 percent) from the air over a 12-hour sampling period.