If you buy only two houseplants, buy ivy and cacti. The ivy plant is one of the most powerful air cleaners you can get. It absorbs harmful chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. In fact, if you set out an ivy plant in a house, it’ll absorb about 90 percent of the benzene pollutant in just 24 hours. Besides being a pollution fighter, arid environment-loving cacti are among the easiest plants to care for. And another great bonus: Most cacti are succulent plants that emit oxygen at night, which means having them in your bedroom can help you sleep better.
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