If you're looking for ways to improve the quality of the air in your interiors, the secret weapon you need could be the humble house plant.
A report from the NHS has revealed toxins from furnishings, detergents and paints could all be having an adverse impact on our health, with the report going on to claim that indoor pollutants are resulting in thousands of premature deaths each year.
However, it's not all bad news - in fact, households can improve their air quality by doing something as simple as introducing a houseplant into each room - after all, NASA has revealed 87% of airborne toxins can be removed by plants.
Now, research from GardeningExpress.co.uk has revealed exactly which plants are the most efficient when it comes to working on air quality...
1. Aloe vera
The wonderfully fragrant plant is not only useful when it comes to soothing a kitchen burn but is also effective when you‘re looking to purify polluted air within the home. Unlike the bulk of plants, aloe vera emits oxygen both day and night. The end result? Improved air quality 24 hours a day.
2. Peace lily
The evergreen plant was revealed to be most effective at removing airborne toxins - this includes the carcinogenic benzene, which is a potentially cancer-causing pollutant. Peace lilies are easy to care for and need little light or water to stay healthy. However, if you have pets, you should be careful - it can be poisonous if it's consumed.
3. Snake plant
The plant, also known as the Mother-In-Law's Tongue, is an evergreen perennial which is also good at improving air quality. In fact, it was found to be effective at removing formaldehyde, a respiratory irritant that can be commonly found in cleaning products.
Like aloe vera, the snake plant will be one of the few to release oxygen at night - however, take care not to overwater it, as this could mean the roots rot if they stay moist for too long.
4. English ivy
The popular house plant not only improves air quality but also helps to reduce mould. If you place the plant in a bathroom, it will be at its most effective, primarily because of the amount of moisture found in the air. English ivy will need some care, as it's recommended that it receives four hours of sunlight each day, while also getting generous watering.
5. Boston fern
The mass foliage of the Boston fern is believed to rid the air of harmful toxins, while also improving the humidity of the room, as it restores moisture in the air. The plant also has potential health benefits for those who suffer from dry skin too.
6. Weeping fig
Originating from Asia and Australia, this is a plant that's been popular since the Victorian times. The plant is particularly effective when it comes to naturally filtering pollutants, including the formaldehyde - this causes respiratory issues. As an ideal low-maintenance house plant, it only needs re-potting once every one to two years too.