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Live Green: 7 Great Plants to Keep in Your Home

The good news is there are a variety of plants that can purify the air for you. Houseplants that do double duty clearing out pollutants in your indoor air.

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Most of us don’t think much about the air we breathe on a daily basis, especially once inside our homes. That’s why decorating your home with plants isn’t just good for aesthetics, it’s also good for you. Plants help purify the air we breathe and can help rid your home of gross toxins that lurk unseen all around you. Fancy filters can never be as beautiful or efficient as some perfectly-placed house plants. Here are some that can literally breathe new life into your home.

1. Aloe Vera: Every Floridian should have this plant around. It’s awesome for relieving burns as well as illnesses. Plus, it loves to rid the air of formaldehyde. One can do the job in a small space but if you have a larger home, you’ll need a few of them strategically placed around.

Aloe vera

2. Dracaena: Get rid of xylene, benzene and trichloroethylene with dracaena. Unless you have furry friends roaming about that is. Dogs and cats can become quite ill from this plant.

Dracaena marginata Colorama
Dracaena marginata Colorama

3. Ferns: Want a greener bathroom? Liven up an otherwise dull space with a fern. They love humidity, which is perfect for Florida, as well as bathrooms. And it will happily remove xylene from your air in exchange for room and board.

Ferns
Ferns

4. Spider: Plant Do you have a brown thumb? Are you the sort who forgets to water your plants? Well then this one is perfect for you. This plant is so low maintenance. It doesn’t need to be watered often and absorbs the cleaning chemicals you use in your home.

Yellowing Spider Plant Leaves
Yellowing Spider Plant Leaves

5. Chrysanthemums: Believe it or not, NASA found this plant to be one of the best natural air purifiers ever. It’s lovely to look at and really goes at those air pollutants. It’s wonderful for indoor spaces as well as patios.

Chrysanthemum Plant Species
Chrysanthemum Plant Species

6. Snake Plant: This is one you’ve probably seen everywhere from cafes to the waiting room at your doctor’s office. It’s so simple to take care of and like the spider plant, it rarely need to be watered. Additionally, the snake plants doesn’t require much sunlight to be happy cleaning the air in your home.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii)
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii)

7. Peace Lily: Here’s a gorgeous flower that, beneath it’s lovely exterior is a deep cleaner. This is the flower for those of you who seem to ruin every plant you touch. Like Steven Seagal, it’s hard to kill. So while it’s busy beautifying your home, it’s even busier making the air in your home beautiful to breathe in too.

Peace Lily
Peace Lily

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