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8 Houseplants That Purify Air

Plants and flowers provide a great way to brighten up and freshen a room. Even better, there are many houseplants that will purify your air in exchange for your tender loving care.
In 1989, NASA published a study summarizing houseplants' roles in filtering pollutants out from the air. If breathing clean air is of interest to you, keep reading for a list of 8 houseplants that filter out air pollutants such as Formaldehyde (a respiratory irritant), Benzene (carcinogen), and Trichloroethylene (carcinogen). 
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English Ivy Plant on Wooden floor

1. English Ivy

Maintenance
Water often while it's growing; watering sparingly when mature. Full sunlight is okay, likes indirect light as well.
Safe for pets/children?
Yes, only toxic if swallowed in large amounts.
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Spider plant sitting atop small tiled table

2. Spider Plant

Maintenance
Need well-drained soil and bright, indirect light. Can dry out a bit between waterings.
Safe for pets/children?
Yes, only toxic if swallowed in large amounts.
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boston fern in black pot sitting atop table

3. Boston Fern

Maintenance
Place in a cool setting with high humidity and indirect light. Check soil daily to make sure it's damp.
Safe for pets/children?
Yes.
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Peace lily in pot, lit from the left

4. Peace Lily

Maintenance
Bright indirect light; evenly moist, well-drained soil. Periodically wipe dust off of leaves.
Safe for pets/children?
No.
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multi colored gerbera daisies in white bottle-shaped vases, sitting on a table

5. Gerbera Daisy

Maintenance
Bright light; water when soil feels dry to the touch but do not allow to sit in soggy soil.
Safe for pets/children?
We've found conflicting reports on this so it's probably best to avoid if you have pets or little ones.
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Close up of bamboo palm from roots up, against a white background

6. Bamboo Palm

Maintenance
Bright, indirect light; water when top layer of soil feels dry to the touch and keep it moist (but not soggy)
Safe for pets/children?
Yes.
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close up of three snake plants in white pots

7. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Maintenance
Low; can be neglected for weeks (would not recommend doing this to people). Place in indirect sunlight and water sparingly. 
Safe for pets/children?
No. 
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Aloe vera plant in black pot, sitting on tray with aloe vera leaf

8. Aloe Vera

Maintenance
Do best in dry conditions, don't like soggy soil; direct sunlight
Safe for pets/children?
Not safe for pets, safe for children.
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Are there any you have in your home already? Or any you'd like to add? Leave your answer in the comments below! Personally, I've got my eye on the palm, but I think I should hold off getting until I can find a spot in my home worthy of such a lovely plant. 

     

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