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Ask Casa: Plants To Clear the Air

Hi Casa,

I just moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and although we love it, the previous owners left it absolutely filthy! We cleaned up dust, dirt, old food, and mildew . . . yuck! My little puppy and I are both experiencing allergies and there is still a stale smell despite cleaning like crazy.

Are there any plants that are particularly suited to clean the air in a situation like this? We would be working with indirect and indirect partial sunlight.

To see my suggestions,


Hi Lacornflakegirl,

Although you started out with a mixed bag with your apartment, it sounds like it's on the mend, thanks to your hard work. I looked for some plants that are great at purifying the air and are also nontoxic to pups, and here's what I came up with.

Try mums, which are great at purifying the air and also have a light, pleasant scent. Gerbera daisies also deal well with indirect light, and are great air purifiers. Another plant that you might put to work is a bamboo palm (shown here), though their growth sometimes occurs at funky angles, so you'll have to prune it occasionally.

I hope these plants will get your home smelling fresh. If your stale smell remains, even with these plants, try a natural air freshener, or whip up a no-sew sachet.

Hope this helps!
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jennythereader jennythereader 8 years
Thank you!
jennythereader jennythereader 8 years
Thank you!
Home Home 8 years
jennythereader -- they're safe for both cats and dogs, from what I've read.
carak carak 8 years
ugh why didn't your landlord clean the apartment before you moved in?
jennythereader jennythereader 8 years
Any idea if these plants are cat safe too? I have a similar problem, and 2 cats that eat every plant I bring home.
lacornflakegirl lacornflakegirl 8 years
Thanks so much! We'll try that out, and let you know how it goes!!
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
Might I also recommend diffusing some essential oils? If you look up uses for oils such as thieves or young living's purification, they are mixes of oils used for centuries to ward off impurities and even germs. Some people love the smells others don't, but if you diffuse while you are out of the house it may be beneficial.
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