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Attention, Plantitas: These Plants Can Help *Purify* The Air In Your Home

They're pretty *and* functional!
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Hello, plantitas! If you're wondering what kind of plant to put in your ~indoor garden~ next, may we suggest air-purifying ones? NASA actually did a study on this back in 1989 and found that there are certain plants that can scrub the air clean of toxic pollutants, dust, and germs. Head research scientist Bill Wolverton actually recommends having two good-sized plants per 100 square feet in your home. Don't mind if we do! (Here's a list of online shops that can deliver plants to your home. *wink* *wink*)

Ready to collect more plants? Read on ahead for the best ones to include in your home:

  1. Snake plant

    Get ready for a good night's sleep with this plant in your bedroom. This yellow-tipped plant releases oxygen at night, which can help you breathe better as you snooze. Just make sure not to overwater them, as their roots can rot when exposed to moist soil.

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  2. Areca palm

    This ~tall~ plant not only looks good, but it can also purify your air from dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

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  3. Aloe vera

    Decorate your windowsill with cute little aloe vera succulent plants! Not only are they great for soothing burns and moisturizing your face, but they're also beneficial in purifying the air in your home.

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  4. Spider plant

    For plantita newbies, a spider plant is the perfect first plant you should get. Aside from its air-purifying abilities, it is also one of the few plants that are non-toxic to your fur babies.

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  5. Chinese evergreen

    This #aesthetic plant thrives in low-lit and humid environments, which makes it perfect for the bathroom. If you choose to keep it somewhere else, however, make sure to mist the leaves every now and then to prevent them from turning brown. 

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  6. Weeping fig

    This houseplant has been very popular for many years now because of its ability to clean up the air in its environment. If you do decide to add it to your room, make sure to place it somewhere that gets *lots* of natural sunlight.

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  7. Rubber plant

    The large leaves of this popular houseplant can *absorb* harmful chemicals and break them down. It is also able to eliminate the bacteria in the air. It's a pretty good low-maintenance plant that is perfect for those who are just beginning their collection. The cute pink accents in the leaves and stems are just to die for, too!

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Sources: Country Living, English Gardens

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