According to the EPA, indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times — and occasionally 100 times — higher than outdoor pollutant levels, making it one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Here are a few plants that can help you breathe easier.

1. English ivy

This plant thrives best in rooms with little sunlight. Its leaves absorb formaldehyde, a common pollutant used in the manufacturing of building products, including floorboards and synthetic carpet dyes.

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2. Peace lily

This shade-loving plant removes three of the most common VOCs: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Benzene is a carcinogen found in paints, furniture wax and polishes. Trichloroethylene can be found in inks and paints. Be careful, as this plant is poisonous to pets.

3. Spider plant

Ideal for people who may lack a green thumb, the resilient spider plant grows long leaves and tiny white flowers. It combats benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a compound found in many solvents and paint thinners.

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