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    Jul 21, 2018

    15 Houseplants That Can Remove Toxins In Your Home

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

    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?

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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