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15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Almost Impossible To Kill

15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Almost Impossible To Kill

Back in elementary school most of us learned that plants help clean the air through a process called photosynthesis. Which is fanastic when we think of all the pollution outside, but believe it or not, the air inside of our homes is actually polluted, too.Toxic chemicals from cleaning supplies, bacteria, mold, mildew and outdoor pollution that makes its way in – it all gets trapped inside our homes.

The good news is we can use houseplants to help clean the air in our homes. And if you’re sitting there thinking about how you’ll just end up killing it, no worries, because these houseplants are nearly impossible to kill!

1. Spider Plant

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    Spider plants are the perfect houseplants for beginners because they’re super easy to grow. They need bright, indirect sunlight and water every few days, so if you forget to water them they’ll be fine for a while. And before you know it, your spider plant will send out shoots that eventually grow baby spider plants that you can propagate yourself.

    2. Aloe Vera

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      Aloe vera is an amazing plant that people often use for burns on their skin, but it’s also good at removing formaldehyde from the air. These desert plants need well-drained soil with very light waterings and full sun.

      3. Areca Palm

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        This leafy plant is one of the best air purifiers around, especially as it grows bigger. It needs well-drained soil, very little water and only partial sunlight.

        4. Baby Rubber Plant

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          Rubber plants can get quite tall, but do an amazing job at emitting high oxygen content and removing chemicals from the air. It needs filtered light, infrequent watering and rich soil to flourish.

          5. Bamboo Palm

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            The tall, narrow trunks of this little tree not only removes formaldehyde, but is also a natural humidifier, making it perfect for dry rooms. To help this guy grow keep it in bright, indirect light and with moist soil.

            6. Garden Mum

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              These bright fall flowers are amazing at removing a ton of pollutants from the air including ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Although they’re a popular outdoor plant come autumn they also make great houseplants. Mums only need partial sun, but lots of water.

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              7. Ficus

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                If you like tall houseplants, ficus can grow anywhere between 2-10 feet tall, depending on the size of the pot you put it in. It’s also a great overall air purifier. To keep this plant thriving make sure to place it in indirect sunlight and water it occasionally.

                8. Peace Lily

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                  These gorgeous flowers are tougher than they look and are almost impossible to kill. Since they remove a variety of household cleaner chemicals, along with mold spores, they’re the perfect houseplant for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Give it lots of water and bright, indirect sunlight to keep it happy.

                  9. Boston Fern

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                    Another plant that will do well in the bathroom, the Boston fern needs to be in a cool room with high humidity and indirect light. It’s also one of the best air purifiers.

                    10. Snake Plant

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                      Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is nearly impossible to kill yet will do an excellent job at purifying the air in your home! It’s super low maintenance because it doesn’t need much light or water, which makes this sturdy plant perfect for those forgetful gardeners.

                      11. Chinese Evergreen

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                        Chinese Evergreen removes a variety of chemicals from the air, and emits high oxygen content. You can keep it in full shade, but make sure to plant it in a well-draining pot.

                        12. English Ivy

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                          If you, or any of your family members, have asthma or allergies, English ivy is fantastic at removing chemicals that can irritate those conditions. English ivy looks amazing when it hangs over the pot, so make sure to place it somewhere it can grow.

                          13. Gerbera Daisy

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                            These large, pretty flowers do an amazing job at not only removing cancer-causing chemicals, but give off oxygen overnight which can help improve your sleep. Make sure to place it somewhere it can get bright light.

                            14. Goldon Pothos

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                              The large leaves on goldon pothos are beautiful and do a great job at removing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. This plant needs to be kept somewhere cool with partial sun, and doesn’t need very much water.

                              15. Moth Orchid

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                                Orchids are considered one of the most beautiful flowers by many. They are perfect for removing volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde from paints, solvents and other synthetic materials. These flowering plants need high humidity, lots of light and thorough watering, but only after the soil has completely dried out.

                                Featured photo credit: F.D. Richards via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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