And no, I’m not talking about installing a state-of-the-art air purification system in your house that would land you a spot in one of those eco-home magazines (though heck, if you can afford it—go for it!). What I’m talking about is a whole lot simpler, and yes, much easier on your budget…. surround yourself with air-purifying plants!

I bet you didn’t even know there was such a thing, did you? Surprise! Even though yes, all plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, some plants in particular are especially good at removing harmful toxins from the air—toxins like benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde—and not only that, but they add beauty to your home while at the same time purifying the air around you. So here’s to breathing cleaner air with a little help from Mother Nature!

Below is a list of some of the best air-purifying plants, and most can be found right at your local garden store:

  • Peace lily
  • Bamboo palm
  • Rubber plant
  • Ficus plant
  • English ivy
  • Lady palm