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Smarter Home: Plants That Clean The Air

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Having fresh plants in a room don't only liven and brighten up a room, they can help keep indoor air clean. Put a few of these plants in planters and pots around your home, and you'll combat gross toxins, which can come from a number of things like printer ink, wood veneer, stains, paint, and even that new rug you recently put down. The best part, besides cleaner air, is that you don't even need a green thumb. The following three house plants are low-maintenance.

English ivy is low maintenance and can easily survive on low sunlight and little water. It is said to combat formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a prevalent home toxin, that you don’t hear of too often, but is found all too frequently in people’s homes. It’s used to manufacture some furniture made of wood veneers, glues, synthetic rug dyes, and even in flooring and cabinetry.

The Boston Fern isn't as low maintenance as English ivy, but easily maintainable. This plant requires more humidity and moisture to survive. It also combats formaldehyde, and the ink emissions from your printer.

Keep in light, but not direct light, and keep soil moist, but not saturated. This palm can grow to be large, and combats formaldyhyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. (This looks great in a study or living room setting.)

Do you enjoy gardening, indoors or out? What's your favorite thing to grow? 

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Any ideas on how to keep plants from cats?  We have 2 indoor cats who love to eat them.  I have tried hanging ones but we have a burmese that jumps up and gets them (lol).

by on Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM
Do you think a boston fern will die if I put it on top of my dryer?
by Platinum Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM
I love my golden pothos cant kill that thing if you try!!!
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM
We have aloe plant! It's 1/2 desert plant! Not much water! :)
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