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Leafy Greens That Clean the Air


In Utah, we hear a lot about outdoor air quality. But indoor air quality is just as important, perhaps more so as we spend more time indoors.

Chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene and other solvents can be found in most homes today. Products like household cleaners, paints and new furniture can “off gas” these compounds into your air. Tips to clean your house without chemicals.

Aloe – Clears formaldehyde and benzene found in cleaners, paints, and new furniture.


Spider plant – Clears up formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and solvents.

Gerber daisy – Pretty and powerful at removing a common dry cleaning chemical.

Snake plant – Packs a punch for formaldehyde, a chemical commonly found in homes today.

Golden pothos – Another formaldehyde cleaner, this plant doesn’t require a lot of light to thrive.

Azalea – A bright pop of color, this shrub cleans up formaldehyde.

Bamboo palm – Love the shade and combats benzene and formaldehyde.

Heart leaf philodendron – Excellent for removing a variety of VOCs. Be careful with this one, it is poisonous if ingested.

Peace lily – Removes all three of the most common household VOCs – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

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