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Top 5 House Plants That Detox Your Home

Given that people spend around 90{5b2e8ceadfa41e85f5e9302f14df892deadda646553bfeb0abeadc839fd84062} of their time at home (unless your a traveler), then chances are you’re exposed to an array of chemicals.

Furniture, paint and cleaning materials can emit a variety of toxic compounds such as formaldehyde. Indoor air pollution can also be affected by bee pollen, bacteria, mold and even car exhaust fumes that pass through an open window.

So whats the solution? Plants!

Yes those green-leafy beauties aren’t just for admiration. They host a variety of benefits that detox your home and make your air cleaner.

Now we probably don’t want 100 plants in our homes. So I’ve narrowed the list to the top 5, low-maintenance yet highly effective plants. You can find these plants in your local plant nursery or any plant store.

 

1. Snake plant

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It’s also know as the mother-in-law tongue (no idea why) and is perfect for the forgetful type as it can survive neglect for weeks.

Snake plants are famous for filtering out formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene which are common in cleaning products, tissue and personal care products.

Interestingly, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (opposite process of what most plants follow). So it’s definitely a good idea to keep these green leaf wonders in your bedroom.

2. English Ivy

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My mother-in-law’s house is filled with plants, and mainly English Ivy. The beautiful contrast of the white and green leaves really add some vibrancy to the home.

Not only that, a study found that these beauties filter out airborne fecal particles (yuck!). And yes it’s amazing for filtering out formaldehyde.

There is conflicting information regarding maintenance of English Ivy. Some claim them to be an aggressive invader.

However upon my experience they are low-maintenance and work well in moist soil and only four hours of sunlight.

 

3. Spider plants

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This plant doesn’t attract spiders, so don’t worry. It’s given it’s name because of it’s long leaves that look like spider’s legs.

Spider plants are considered one of the most adaptable houseplants and easiest to grow.

They work well in cool temperatures around 55 F to 65 F, and there’s no harm in cutting the root once in a while.

They look great in hanging baskets and really liven up your living space.

 

4. Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is know for its health benefits in curing skin conditions and relieving burns. It’s also an amazing house plant.

It’s a  succulent plant which works well in dry conditions and doesn’t like being watered too much. So make sure your pot has plenty of drainage holes. Also, they thrive in bright light so make sure they are facing a window.

Aloe Vera plants are know to remove formaldehyde from the air and studies have shown that it improves sleep by producing oxygen at night (like the Snake Plant).

It was also dubbed the plant of immortality by the Egyptians, because they reproduce easily. So if you buy one you’ll soon have a family of Aloe Vera around your home.

5. Peace Lily

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It topped NASA’s list for removing all three common pollutants found in the home – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.

HGTV Gardens says peace Lilies are renowned for their easy care. “The peace lily is hardy, forgiving, and will even let you know when it is thirsty — look for the telltale droop.”

They thrive in consistent temperature between 65 and 80 F. They liked to be watered a lot at once but need time drying out. Like the Aloe Vera, make sure your pot has plenty of drainage holes.

Not only that but they really do make your home look peaceful.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading. What’s your favorite houseplant and why? Comment below

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