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Indoor Plants That Can Help Clean the Air in Your Home

These houseplants are perfect for condo dwellers!

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Having no backyard shouldn't keep you from getting some fresh air at home! Fill up your tiny space with these air-purifying houseplants below: 

1. Aloe vera 

This tiny plant is popularly known for producing gel that can be used to soothe sunburn and relieve irritations, but did you know that it can filter the air, too? Aloe veras can absorb formaldehyde and benzenethese Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are most commonly found in cleaning and disinfecting products, as well as paints and varnishes. Keep one near your window to keep this light-loving plant happy, and let its soil dry out before watering. 

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2. Peace lilies

Peace lilies can add an elegant touch to a space, and you can count on them to clean your air, too. According to The Spruce, "inside the tropical plant's pores, toxic gases like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde are broken down and neutralized." This makes them perfect for bedrooms and other spots in your home where you spend a lot of time in. This houseplant thrives in indirect sunlight, and its soil must be kept moist but not soggy. Overwatering (and underwatering) will cause its leaves to droop! 

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3. Snake plant 

If you're looking for an air-purifying plant that doesn't require a lot of attention, snake plantsor otherwise known as mother in law's toungeare your best bet. This beginner-friendly plant can survive even if you forgot to water it for weeks!

At night, Healthline notes that snake plants can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen, so it's another plant worth placing in your bedroom. Additionally, it can absorb other harmful pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

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4. Rubber plant

Rubber plants boast large dark green leaves, which have the ability to absorb harmful chemicals like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. This minimalist-looking houseplant thrives in bright, indirect light, so it's best to particularly place them near windows with sheer curtains! 

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