5 pretty houseplants that will help clean the air

If you're looking for an air purifier, you'll want to consider going au naturel by adding indoor plants to improve the air quality in your home. Plants absorb pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other common household toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene, typically found in plywood, fire retardants, cleaning solutions and paint. What's more, they add life and warmth to a space, and give out fresh oxygen! 

We picked out five pretty houseplants for your consideration:

DUMB CANE (Dieffenbachia sp.)

Sand & Sisal


BOSTON FERN (Nephrolepis exaltata)

MOTHER-IN-LAW'S TONGUE Sansevieria sp.)

Source: My City Plants


FLAMINGO FLOWER (Anthurium andraeanum)


SPIDER PLANT (Chlorophytum comosum)

Source: 99 Roots

TIP: If your plants have caught a disease, remove the most infected parts of the plant to stop the disease from spreading. Avoid using synthetic pesticides. If you spot pests, wipe them off with a damp cloth. This will work with spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, scales and thrips. You can also spray diluted horticultural oil (a few drops of neem oil in a litre of water) on the plants to keep pests off.

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