House plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but did you know that some types of plants are also good at filtering out toxins and pollutants from the air?

According to research conducted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), here is a list of plants that can help filter the air:

  • Ferns (Boston and Kimberley Queen Ferns)
  • Palms (Dwarf Date, Bamboo and Broadleaf Lady)
  • Spider Plants
  • Chinese Evergreens

These are just a few plants that can help remove unhealthy agents such as benzene, found in plastics, resins and synthetic fibers, trichloroethylene found in printing inks, paint and lacquers and formaldehyde found in paper bags and wax products from the air.

Originally, the research was conducted to find ways to clean the air in space stations; however, they also wanted to learn how to neutralize the effects of ‘sick building syndrome’, which is a condition affecting individuals working in an office setting.

How many plants do you need for optimum effects? NASA researchers suggest at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space.