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Top 15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Relieve Stress
6. Peace Lily
These are truly unique houseplants and one of the few that will bloom indoors. You have probably seen these plants with their slender leaves and seashell-shaped white flowers in most doctor and dentist offices. These bring a light touch of summer into a room and are one of the best plants for removing benzene and formaldehyde. This plant loves low light conditions and actually humidifies the air. Please note that the leaves and flowers are poisonous to both humans and pets, so this might not be the best choice for those with small children or pets that like to chew.
7. Red-Edged Dracaena
This vibrant, beautiful plant can grow to be 15 feet tall, so if you have higher ceilings, this is a terrific plant for filling up space, as well as for decorating. Better still, this beauty removes toxins from the air including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Dracaenas love sunlight, however, so put them in a sunny room or near a sun-filled window.
Philodendrons, with their heart-shaped leaves, are very popular plants, even if they tend to be a bit on the boring side. Like English ivy, they are easy to care for and can grow like a vine if you allow them to. Philodendrons are good at absorbing formaldehyde and can last for many, many years when cared for properly. Philodendrons need only moderate watering and a bit of sunlight to grow into beautiful plants that will clean the air and look good doing it.
9. Spider Plants
Sometimes called airplane plants, these are very common house plants that are easy to grow, pretty to look at, and were one of NASA’s top 10 plants for purifying indoor air. Spider plants are terrific at removing xylene, carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.
10. Aloe Vera
You might already have one of these in your kitchen, but you can also put them in any room of the house. The gel from these plants works great on burns and other skin problems, but these succulents are also great when it comes to cleaning the air. In fact, you will know that this plant is doing its job because when it begins to absorb numerous amounts of toxins, the plants leaves begin to show little brown patches. Aloe vera needs sunlight, so be sure to place it near a sunny window.
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