5 Plants That Help Purify Your Home

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Cleaning chemicals, detergent, wall paint and other household products release harmful chemicals into the air and fill our home with toxins. Long term exposure to these chemicals can cause health problems like eczema, asthma, cancer and other diseases. There is only one thing you need to have in your home that will save you from these toxins….plants. Not just any kind of plant. There are certain types that purify the air in your home, all while beautifying your living room. We’ve got a list for you right here. These 5 plants are the best air cleaners around.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe is easy to grow if placed near a sunny window. This plant will help clear out the most harmful chemicals from household products, such as formaldehyde and benzene. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help to quickly heal cuts and burns.

2. Chrysanthemum

If placed in direct sunlight, the colorful flowers of a mum will brighten your home while silently working to purify the air you breathe. The blooms filter out benzene, just like Aloe Vera.

3. Chinese evergreen


This plant is very easy to care for, as it requires very little light to produce blooms and red berries. It filters out many air pollutants.

4. Peace lily


Peace lilies need shade and weekly watering to survive and produce beautiful white blooms. This plant is at the top of the list for removing the three most common toxins found in household products: formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat chemicals found in gasoline and coal that can enter your home from an open window or door.

5. Lady Palm

Not only does the Lady Palm clear your air of toxic chemicals, including ammonia, but it is highly resistant to insects. The Lady Palm is easy to care for, but you may need to trim the leaf tips if they turn brown from a buildup of salt and minerals.

 

 

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