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There are specific plants that clear the air around the home of dust and chemicals, and boost people’s mood, says a horticulural expert in an interview in January 2023 with the Daily Express of the United Kingdom. 

Six of the specified house plants that horticulturalist Zach Morgan suggests include the following:

Spider Plant: Studies indicate that the Spider Plant can help reduce formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene in the air. It is resilient, easy to care for, and is non-toxic for animals. 

Snake Plant: A Harvard University study said the Snake Plant succulent is one of the most oxygen-producing plants to have in the home, helping people to breathe better. It is low-maintenance and easy to care for.

English Ivy: Ivy has been found to reduce hair dye chemical levels from the air in hair salons. In bathrooms, it can help to reduce mould and fungi. However, it can be toxic to pets. 

Peace Lily: When watered, the Peace Lily helps put moisture back into a room to increase humidity and reduce dust and other air-borne irritants. It is not as low-maintenance as other house plants though, because it needs morning sunlight only, frequent misting, and damp soil.

Aloe Vera: This plant is best for kitchens because Aloe Vera can help to reduce chemicals in the air found in detergents and disinfectants.

Chrysanthemum: The Chrystanthemum is an excellent air purifier, although it only does this when the flowers are in bloom, at around six-weeks. It is also toxic to pets.

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