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by Cheryl E on May 22, 2005 11:50 PM
Hi, I work in a retirement home where odors are a problem. Even though we clean all the time, the odors are always present. We can not use any chemicals (natural or not) that are not approved by the state but the residents can have plants. Are there any plants that help with odor control or removal? Thank you for anything you can tell me.

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by tkhooper on May 23, 2005 12:15 AM
Plants will increase the amount of oxygen in the air and take out some polutants but I'm not sure about odor persay. I think what you would end up with is the fragrance of the plant interwoven with what is already there. Arabian Jasmine is suppose to have a very wonderful smell and is a vine that might work well for providing a fragrance that is pleasant. For cleaning the air the larger the leaf the better. Ficus and Begonia's have been recommended to me in the past when I have wanted something like that.

Here is a link where they have lightbulbs that work as air purifiers you might want to look into that.

http://www.ozonelite.com/ozoneliteairpurifier.html
by DIGGER on May 23, 2005 01:27 AM
HI [wayey] MINT puts out a nice aroma but would require a nice sunny window sill.there are other spices and herbs that might be a good choice also.but most would require a nice sunny spot to grow well.hope this give you a few ideas you might try.your friend in gardening.DIGGER [wayey] [flower] [flower]
by hinda on May 24, 2005 09:45 PM
[Big Grin] i was about to post the same quaestion about plants that might be used as "odor eaters" i have a similar prob. so please keep the advice coming and share any of your successes cheryl.
thanks hinda

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