Who knew a cute little potted plant could pack such life-changing power? Not only has research shown that indoor gardening can improve your mood and creativity while dialing down stress, but multiple studies have shown that plants can suck the toxins out of the room, helping to purify the air you and your family breathe every day. 

 Here's how it works: Plants absorb gases through the pores in their leaves, and microbes in their roots help covert them to the nutrients they need to grow.  Most importantly, this is how plants convert the carbon dioxide humans breathe out into glucose and oxygen. But plants can also absorb a variety of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released from building materials, fabrics, cigarette smoke,  paints, plastics, and more. These VOCs, including benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and octane, have been shown to cause eye irritation, headaches, and nausea when levels get too high.While there’s some disagreement about how much plant life you actually need to see a significant difference, we can all agree that filling your home with sweet-smelling, smile-generating greenery is a great idea (though if you have pets or toddlers who put everything in their mouth, be sure to keep plants out of reach or choose ones with non-toxic leaves). One thing we do know is that the bigger and leafier the plant, the more toxins it can absorb. For maximum air-cleaning power, fill your home with a mix of the plants below, since different plants excel at removing different VOCs, according to research:

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