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15 Houseplants That Can Remove Toxins In Your Home

"Formaldehyde? I don't know her." —Your home.

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Houseplants can make your home look super lush and stylish, but did you know that while they're sittin' pretty on your windowsill, they're also purifying your air?

Some plants literally let you ~breathe easy~ by increasing the amount of oxygen in the air through photosynthesis, as well as filtering and purifying it. Studies show they can even remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Plus, most air-purifying plants are pretty easy to keep alive.Here are some houseplants that are proven to clear the air in your home (and how to care for them):
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Some plants literally let you ~breathe easy~ by increasing the amount of oxygen in the air through photosynthesis, as well as filtering and purifying it. Studies show they can even remove toxins from the air, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Plus, most air-purifying plants are pretty easy to keep alive.

Here are some houseplants that are proven to clear the air in your home (and how to care for them):

1. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

Sun: Indirect to direct light; full sun is idealWater: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Indirect to direct light; full sun is ideal

Water: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

2. English ivy (Hedera helix)

Sun: Indirect lightWater: When the top of the soil is dry to the touchToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Indirect light

Water: When the top of the soil is dry to the touch

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

3. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Sun: Partial shade; can tolerate fluorescent lightsWater: At least once a week; wait for it to droop slightly before wateringToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Partial shade; can tolerate fluorescent lights

Water: At least once a week; wait for it to droop slightly before watering

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

4. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Sun: Medium indirect light to full sun; tolerates low lightWater: About every two weeks; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene
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Sun: Medium indirect light to full sun; tolerates low light

Water: About every two weeks; allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene

5. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Sun: Bright indirect lightWater: When the soil surface feels dryToxic to dogs and cats: NoEliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Bright indirect light

Water: When the soil surface feels dry

Toxic to dogs and cats: No

Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

6. Aloe vera

Sun: Direct light; full sun is idealWater: About every two or three weeks in full sun; when the soil is dry and leaves start to curlToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Formaldehyde
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Sun: Direct light; full sun is ideal

Water: About every two or three weeks in full sun; when the soil is dry and leaves start to curl

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Formaldehyde

7. Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)

Sun: Moderate to bright light; does best in filtered light through a sheer curtain or other window coveringWater: Keep the soil consistently moistToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Toluene, xylene
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Sun: Moderate to bright light; does best in filtered light through a sheer curtain or other window covering

Water: Keep the soil consistently moist

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Toluene, xylene

8. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)

Sun: Indirect light to dappled sunWater: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Formaldehyde
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Sun: Indirect light to dappled sun

Water: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Formaldehyde

9. Elephant ear philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)

Sun: Bright indirect lightWater: Allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Formaldehyde
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Sun: Bright indirect light

Water: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Formaldehyde

10. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Sun: Bright indirect lightWater: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: NoEliminates: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene
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Sun: Bright indirect light

Water: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: No

Eliminates: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene

11. Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragrans)

Sun: Medium to bright indirect lightWater: Weekly; don't allow soil to become fully dryToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Medium to bright indirect light

Water: Weekly; don't allow soil to become fully dry

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

12. Chinese evergeen (Aglaonema modestum)

Sun: Low indirect lightWater: Allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Low indirect light

Water: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

13. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Sun: Moderate to low indirect lightWater: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between wateringsToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene
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Sun: Moderate to low indirect light

Water: Weekly; allow the soil to dry out between waterings

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene

14. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Sun: Moderate indirect lightWater: Whenever the soil feels dry to the touchToxic to dogs and cats: NoEliminates: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene
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Sun: Moderate indirect light

Water: Whenever the soil feels dry to the touch

Toxic to dogs and cats: No

Eliminates: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene

15. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

Sun: Bright indirect lightWater: Keep the soil consistently moistToxic to dogs and cats: YesEliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
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Sun: Bright indirect light

Water: Keep the soil consistently moist

Toxic to dogs and cats: Yes

Eliminates: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

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