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Cleaning the Air with Plants

Toxins come from many sources; smoking, new carpeting, paint, furniture, building materials just to name a few. The easiest (and usually least expensive) way is to add houseplants! In return for some water, a bit of light and tlc your plants will return the favor by removing toxins such as formaldehyde(found in new carpets!) and carbon monoxide. NASA has even dedicated studies to the effects of certain houseplants and their abilities to clean and detoxify the air. Below is a list of house plants and which toxins they are most effective at removing.

Aloe Vera--Formaldehyde
Chrysanthemums**--Benzene
Dieffenbachia**--
English Ivy**--Benzene
Ficus--Formaldehyde
Gerbera Daisy--Benzene
Golden Pothos--Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide & Benzene
Peace Lily--Benzene, Trichloroethylene
Philodendron**-Formaldehyde
Spider Plant-Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide

v **= poisonous keep out of reach of children and animals