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Air fresheners are a booming business in America, and most people’s go-to solution for keeping their living space smelling fresh and clean. But there’s actually an easier, cheaper, and healthier alternative – houseplants! Try some of these fragrant plants that will freshen up your living space with their beautiful scent.

Cuban Oregano

This plant is part of the mint family, and also goes by the names Spanish thyme or Mexican mint. Though it is not related to the well-known oregano herb, it actually smells a lot like it. This is a great plant for the indoors, as it can be sensitive to major temperature changes and prefers to stay warm and a little on the dry side. Make sure to give it plenty of light and do not overwater it.


Speaking of the mint family, peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the most fragrant plants you can choose for your houseplant collection. It is a fairly low-maintenance herb, so if you tend to have trouble knowing when to water your plants, this is a good one to choose. Just be sure to put it in a deep enough pot with good drainage. It needs plenty of direct light and to be split or put into a bigger pot about once a year as it grows. The best part is: you can use the leaves for drinks from cocktails to teas.

Orange Jasmine

Though a little on the fussy side, this is a great bet for those of you with a green thumb – the reward is worth the work. This plant produces waxy white flowers that give off the scent of oranges, and its fruits resemble kumquats. It is a tropical plant so it needs lots of sun and warmth, and to be watered, fertilized, and pruned regularly.

Night-Blooming Jasmine

This plant might trick you with its name, because it’s not actually a jasmine – it’s a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers. It earned its name from its beautiful, fragrant blossoms that resemble true jasmines. This plant needs as much light as you can give it and regular fertilizing and pruning. And make sure to only water it when the soil is starting to dry out. Your efforts will be rewarded by evenings filled with the scent of these beautiful flowers.

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