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The 5 best plants to help purify the smoky B.C. air in your home

It's been a smoky one, PG!

The air quality here in B.C. has been less than stellar the past few weeks and it's becoming harder and harder to take in full fresh breaths.

Short of purchasing an expensive electric air purifier, is there anything out there that can offer us some smokey air solace?

You bet there is! And lucky for us all, it’s both easy and budget-friendly.


Besides being fun and affordable, plants have been shown to purify the air. They do this by filtering out the nasty chemicals while they’re converting carbon dioxide into oxygen-a process known as photosynthesis.

So if you’re looking for an alternative to that plugged in air purifier, why not give your green thumb a try.

We’ve compiled a list of a five fresh air friendly plants you can add to your home decor to keep you breathing freely all fire season long.

1.Spider Plant

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If you’re looking for a beginner friendly option, here’s your guy. This formaldehyde and xylene removing beauty is perfect for anyone who is just starting out on their plant growing journey.

Just make sure to park him in an area with a couple hours of indirect sunlight.

2. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

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One of the hardest things about keeping houseplants alive is simply just remembering to water them. This low maintenance plant only requires a little sun and a bit of watering to ensure success, making it another great option for newbies.

Plus it’s name is seriously amazing.

3. Boston Fern

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This air freshener requires a bit more love than the others on the list but will liven up your house with its beautiful foliage. They do like damp soil so check it every few days to make sure it hasn’t dried up.

4. Dracaena

This gorgeous tropical plant comes in a wide assortment of shapes, colours and patterns so you can bet you’ll find one that suits your personal style. It’s important to note that this may not be the best choice for pet owners as the leaves can be toxic to our furry family companions.

5. Peace Lily

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They may be small but they are mighty and will remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your home. Plus they flower all summer long so you’ll always have a great dinner party centrepiece on hand.

How are you dealing with the smoky air? Let us know in the comments!

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