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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 Apr. 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

This is my first time trying to plant something. My hubby's aunt gave me some Bleeding hearts that are growing in nice, some lilies that I'm unsure will make it, and some other plant that is coming in great, but I have no clue what it is lol. Next month my girls and I are going to plant a bunch of wild flowers. I love plants in a home and I plan on buying some as well.

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM
i dont garden
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by Ruby Member on Apr. 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I kill every plant I get.

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I had two "low maintenance" plants in my home...I killed them both:(

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM
I wish I.didn't kill house plants, for some reason I can't keep potted plants alive
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by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Are those plants also pet safe? 

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by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I'm not that great at gardening. :(

by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Me too I have a black thumb

Quoting elasmimi:

Do dead plants help anything? Cuz that's what happens to any poor plant that comes home with me.

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by on Apr. 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Nice to know. I love trying to garden but so far I just make everything I touch die :(
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