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Go Green: 7 Plants to Keep in Your Home to Clean Your Air Better than Any Filter
By Gerald Peck 5/12/2016 11:04 AM

Clean air is something we all need, yet we take it for granted most of all. We think we’re safe once we close the door behind us, step into our homes and leave the rest of the world on the other side, but the truth is that the dirty air in our homes is just as perilous as the air outside can be. Toxic chemicals lurk everywhere, even in our own homes where the air circulates over and over again, exposing us to dust, mold, bacteria and all kinds of other vile substances.


But you don’t need a fancy filtering system if you fill your home with certain types of houseplants. Breathe new life into your home with a burst of green and get cleaner air naturally by adopting one of these plants today.


1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

This is a great plant to have around for so many reasons. For one, it helps relieve burns and illnesses. For another, it clears the air of formaldehyde. Just one aloe vera plant can clean the air in your whole apartment!


2. Spider Plant

spider plant

Technically known as Chlorophytum, the spider plant is perfect for people who forget to water their plants. It’s a no muss, no fuss kind of plant that will absorb any cleaning chemicals you spray around your home.


3. Chrysanthemums 


Often referred to as “Garden Mum,” NASA discovered that this plant is one of the best air purifiers out there. It’s great for indoor and outdoor environments, is very inexpensive and it cleans your air of pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene.


4. Dracaena


Dracaena is wonderful for purifying your air and removing trichloroethylene, xylene and benzene. But if you have dogs or cats in your home, it’s not a good idea to bring this home. This plant is toxic for our furry friends.


5. Nephrolepis Fern

nephrolepis fern

Add a little green to your bathroom with this fern. It thrives in humid areas plus it effectively removes xylene from your air. 


6. Peace Lily

peace lily

The technical name of  Spathiphyllum doesn’t sound as lovely as what people most commonly refer to it as: peace lily. It’s a beautiful flower that has a deep down toughness to it. If you’re bad at caring for plants and flowers, this one is great because it is difficult to destroy. It will not only pretty-up your home but it will also remove formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and trichloroethylene from your air.


7. Snake Plant

snake plant

Sansevieria is the technical name for this plant that you’ll find all over the place from restaurants to office buildings. That’s because it’s easy to care for, seldom needs watering and doesn’t need much sunlight. In return, it purifies indoor air like a champ.