National Houseplant Appreciation Day is January 10, so what better time to spruce up your living room while adding some health benefits too. 

Houseplants can not only make your living space look better, some can actually help clean your air.

If you aren't exactly great with plants, no need to worry. These houseplants suggested by are almost impossible to kill through neglect.

Each plant listed filters out different toxins, and has different levels of (very simple)care.

Choose one or two - the care instructions and where you can find them are listed - and you're on your way to fooling your visitors into thinking you're a gardening master.


These are readily available at most garden stores, require little attention and can be planted outside after blooming for extra gardening practice.

Mums remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene form your air, and you can find them at Spring Hill Nursery, Lowes, Tractor Supply, Home Depot or online.

Spider Plant

One of the easiest to grow, requiring indirect sunlight. Great for beginners and available at Lowe's, Home Depot, from cuttings, and most local nurseries.

Spider Plants remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.


These come in 40 different varieties, but are toxic to pets so beware. Filters out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

Can be purchased at Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart or Online.


Ficus plants can grow to be 10 feet tall given enough space. They're still super easy to care for. They need bright indirect sunlight and you can let them dry out between waterings.

Filters out benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Find them at Lowe's, Home Depot or Online.

Peace Lily

These actually grow best in the shade, and they aren't as big as others on the list. They also flower throughout the summer(so they release pollen - beware if you're sensitive), and smell beautiful.

Peace Lilies filter out ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

Find them at Lowe's, Home Depot,, or other online retailers.

Boston Fern

These plants don't need much sunlight, but do need to stay moist. Otherwise, they're very easy to keep alive, and the filter out formaldehyde and xylene.

You can pick up a Boston Fern at Lowe's, Home Depot or Online.

Snake Plant

Also called 'Mother-in-law's tongue,' this one is almost impossible to kill. It prefers drier conditions, and just 'some' sun. It's a solid air cleaner too, filtering out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

Buy one at Lowe's, Home Depot or Online.

Bamboo Palm

Yes it is actual Bamboo. It's pet friendly and can filter out a lot of air due to the size(4-12 feet). They are best in full sun or bright light and clean benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene out of your air.

Your best bet to bet Bamboo Palms in online.

Aloe Vera

Most of us know that Aloe can be used to treat burns, cuts and other minor skin irritants, but it is also very easy to care for. The most important thing about Aloe is making sure the pot can drain properly because they don;t do well in a lot of water.

On top of the benefits of the plant's liquid, Aloe also cleans the air of formaldehyde.

Pick one up at Lowe's, Home Depot, Online or local nurseries.

Now you can celebrate National Houseplant Appreciation Day and look like a gardening genius at the same time.


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