We are constantly bombarded by a barrage of potent chemicals in our homes. However, a study by chemistry professor Vadoud Niri and his team at State University of New York, Oswego, found that houseplants are able to absorb some of those chemical compounds.

The compounds, found around the house in paint, furniture, printers, cleaning supplies and even dry-cleaned clothes, can and do have effects on our health. In fact, some plants are better at it than others! Crassula argentea (jade plant), for instance, is good at absorbing toluene (a toxic chemical emitted by cars and found in gasoline, kerosene, heating oil, paint, and lacquer).

Here are 12 plants that you can bring home today, to help clean up the airways: