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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 CeeCee on Apr. 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM

I use to have live plants.  now I have cats!

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM

i would love to bring plants inside.. just didn't know which

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM

we love planting differents flowers outside 

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:15 AM
I'd love to garden but don't have the outdoor (nor indoor) space to do it :/
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by Silver Member on Apr. 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I love plants but bringing them into my house is like a death sentence! LOL So in the house I only have silk ones and on the outside I have lots of perrenials. I figure if they can live through our MI winters they will survive and thrive. lol

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I only have bamboo & a peace lily in the house.
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by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I have a complete brown thumb :( But I am going to try an herb garden this year :)

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

 I have a little potted plant in my kitchen that I have had for 14 years.  We also have a little garden outside.  My favorite thing to grow is tomatoes.

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

We can't really garden here.  We live on base, so I really like this post!!  I can still have plants, better yet they are good for my house!  Thank you so much for sharing!!  I am thinking about definitely getting the English Ivy because it's so easy to maintain!  


by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I love gardening, every spring my son and I plant new flowers in our flower bed. It's my favorite thing to do with him!

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