If you want a breath of fresh air in your Ottawa rental apartment, it’s time to get some houseplants. Not only do houseplants add some green vibrancy to your apartment and act as silent but loveable companions, they can also improve air quality. Houseplants purify the air and remove toxins that you’d otherwise be breathing in. Here are the best houseplants for improving indoor air quality:

Spider Plant

Don’t worry, arachnophobes. The long leaves bend to resemble spider legs, but that’s the only similarity to our crawly friends. Spider plants are hardy and resilient, and can probably survive even if you’re not the most attentive gardener. Spider plants suck formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide out of the air.

Snake Plant

This attractive plant works really well in climates with low light and high humidity, so consider placing one in your bathroom. It filters out air pollutants like formaldehyde, which is a common ingredient in many bathroom products.

English Ivy

English Ivy is also well suited to being placed in the bathroom. Studies have proven that English Ivy can pull microscopic mold spores and particles of fecal matter from the air.


Place this flowering pink plant in an area with lots of direct sunlight. Chrysanthemums filter out benzene, so it’s as useful as it is pretty.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is an essential houseplant, and makes a great housewarming gift for any new Ottawa rental apartment. Aloe is easy to grow and basically maintenance-free. If your apartment has been recently painted or cleaned with chemicals, aloe can help suck formaldehyde and benzene out of the air. Even better, aloe vera gel can be used to hydrate skin and heal sunburns and cuts.

Areca Palm

These palms can grow rather large, but they work as an effective general air purifier. According to NASA (which uses houseplants in space!), areca palm trees are the most effective air purifying plants out there.

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby rubber plants emit a lot of oxygen into the air, which definitely helps purify our breathing air. These rubber plants also remove formaldehyde and other nasty toxins from the air.


Azaleas thrive in cooler areas, so they’re a great option if you live in a basement apartment. Place them in a bright spot, and they’ll battle against formaldehyde and keep your air nice and clean.

Houseplants add beauty to your home and improve air quality at the same time. Choose the best ones for your Ottawa rental apartment and enjoy the clear benefits.