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7 Houseplants That Purify The Air

Choosing houseplants is one of the simplest tasks a person can complete. For others, it’s a serious decision that requires quite a bit of thought. Not much thought goes into what the plant can do, but how it looks. Plants are so much more than decoration, and here are a few that are great for purifying your air:

1. Spider Plant

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There are a variety of spider plants and are some of the easiest flora to care for. It creates more spider plants by producing special flowers at the ends of certain shoots.

Do you like having house plants, but sometimes forget to water them? With this particular one, you’ll be relieved to know that it requires little attention.

It does best in indirect sunlight and can remove airborne toxins like Formaldehyde and xylene.

2. Peace Lily

This is one of the smaller houseplants a person can get. Although small in stature, they do a great deal to help purify the air. They are easy to grow and flower during most of the summer. Shade is recommended so that that soil stays moist, and overwatering can be avoided.

The Peace Lily is said to purify the air of the following toxins: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

3. Aloe Vera

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This plant is one made famous for its numerous healing properties. Aloe Vera is a succulent that thrives best in an environment where water properly drains away. The clear liquid contained within its leaves contain both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial healing properties.

People with skin conditions like psoriasis may benefit from the moisturizing abilities of the liquid inside the leaves.

Aloe Vera does best at filtering Formaldehyde from the air.

4. Bamboo Palm

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Bamboo is known for a long list of things from being a panda’s go-to snack to forming the panels of a kendo stick. Bamboo Palm, though, is a special breed of bamboo grown to be a houseplant.

Fortunately, for houses with a lot of windows, it will do wonderful in bright light or full sun. Be careful if you have short ceilings though, the plant can grow anywhere from four to 12 feet high. Thanks to the potentially massive size, it is great for filtering out large amounts of air at a time.

Bamboo Palm is said to the following toxins from the air: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

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5. Dracaena

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Here’s another great houseplant for filtering out many different pollutants. There are over 40 species of the plant to choose from, so finding one to “fit your style” shouldn’t be too hard. The leaves are sometimes colored with lines of white, cream, or red.

Be aware that this plant is extremely toxic to cats and dogs, so you might want to choose something else if you have pets.

Dracaena removes the following toxins from the air: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

6. Ficus/Weeping Fig

The ficus is probably one of the most common houseplants to be in a home. There are over 70 species of this plant, so if you see a tall shrub-like tree or a tree with leaves in various shades of green, it’s probably a ficus.

Ficus is ridiculously sturdy and does best in bright but indirect sunlight. It can grow anywhere from 2 to 10 feet tall.

If you need to make room in your house for a little bit, feel free to take it out in the latter end of spring. Don’t forget to bring your green friend back in before temperatures drop again.

The Ficus can remove the following toxins and purify the air: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

7. Golden Pothos

When it comes to being champions of survival, Golden Pothos is one of the hardiest. It is made popular because of its ability to live with lower light, humidity, and cooler temperatures. Although it can tolerate low light, it does best in medium light.

Pothos is a great plant for any just starting out in gardening.

It does great to filter out formaldehyde from the air, but be aware that the leaves of this plant are poisonous. If you have any children or pets, you might want to avoid this plants and others with similar leaves.

What plants do you like to keep around your house? Do you have a few new ideas for plants you didn’t already have?

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