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One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes really will bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter. One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant if your maintenance staff doesn't use green cleaners. It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air. Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children. Related: 10 Houseplants You Hardly Ever Have To Water
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

In 1998, NASA discovered that houseplants can absorb harmful toxins from the air, especially in enclosed spaces with little air flow. This study has been the basis for newer studies about indoor plants and their air cleaning abilities. While plants have less horse power than air purifiers, they’re more natural, cost effective, and therapeutic.
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

All of these indoor houseplants were analyzed by NASA in 1989. They found that each had a unique way to naturally cleanse the air of toxins that have a negative effect to your health. To read the full report from NASA, please visit this link. In case you didn’t want to read through NASA’s paper, we’ve summarized the top ten houseplants that act as natural air purifiers.
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

A breath of fresh air In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science. Want to see the best plants? Read on.
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

So, how do houseplants clean the air? Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. But that’s not all—microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect Beneficial effects of plant-associated microbes on indoor microbiomes and human health? Berg G, Mahnert A, Moissl-Eichinger C. Front Microbiol. 2014;5:15..
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science. Want to see the best plants? Read on.
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

Houseplants are awesome indoor air cleaners, but some of them are more effective than others at filtering out pollutants and toxic chemicals in the air. This infographic highlights the best air-filtering plants, according to a NASA study.
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Air Cleaning Houseplants

One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes really will bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter. One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant if your maintenance staff doesn't use green cleaners. It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air. Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children.
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Given that people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, air quality matters Indoor climate and air quality, Review of current and future topics in the field of ISB study group 10. Höppe P, Martinac I. Int J Biometeorol. 1998; 42:1-7.. Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices can emit a variety of toxic compounds, like formaldehyde. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria, and molds, as outdoor air contaminants like car exhaust finds its way into buildings. All of these are made worse in small or poorly-ventilated spaces (like maybe your apartment with that window that you accidentally painted shut last year).
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Choose one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square foot of your home for the most effective air purification. Cross-reference several care guides to check for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Because common names can very, be sure to cross-reference the botanical name of any plant you get to ensure it will do the job you need it to do. Consider where you might place your plants and the amount of sun they will receive to ensure your plant will thrive in that area. Make note of the water needed and write it on a calendar so that you can keep the watering schedules balanced. Periodically dust the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins. Keep their soil replenished with rich compost or compost tea. Avoid non-organic or synthetic fertilizers. Whenever possible, capture rainwater for your plants. All types of houseplants thrive best with natural sources of water.
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If you don’t have an air purifier in your home, or just want to take extra precautions, we would recommend adding a few of these houseplants to the most important areas of your home. It’s a great first step to improving the air quality inside your home.
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Native to Asia, this evergreen perennial small palm can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments. The best part, is that the NASA Clean Air Study discovered Rhapis excelsa to be one of the best houseplants at cleansing the air of formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene and toluene.
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Every single one of the houseplants listed above are great tools to improving your indoor air quality. For the most part, they’re easy to care for, nice to have around and will help you breathe easier at night. However, they’re just tools to help you stay healthy. In the long run, there are many other things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.
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The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants’ leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: It grows best with lots of sun.
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IMPORTANT: Please note that these houseplants are good for purifying air, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for pets or kids who like to put things in their mouth. Check out this list for more details, read the descriptions of each plant, and do some research on any plant you bring into your home.
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Notes: Likes partial sun, and lots of water. Although they’re among the houseplants that clean the air, they only flower once and are generally annual plants, especially when planted outdoors.
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Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air. Luckily, some houseplants moonlight as efficient purifiers. For the best results, put as many plants as you can care for in the rooms you use most, says environmental scientist Dr. Bill Wolverton. That means you’ll want at least two plants (in 10- to 12-inch pots) per 100 square feet of space; if you’re in the middle of major renovations, aim for more plants. One tip: Be sure not to overwater, as too much soil moisture can lead to mold growth.
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Breathe easy 15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality A study done with NASA’s help in the ’80s is still useful today. Disinfectants: A guide to killing germs the right way When it comes to disinfectants, there’s no magic bullet. Why is my new piece of furniture emitting a nasty odor? What you need to know about smelly volatile organic compounds. How often do you really need to shower? Most people think showering once a day is the norm, but there are plenty of people who don’t. How to banish pet smells from your house Part of living with pets is dealing with the smells they emit. Here’s how to do it.
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Today, January 10th, is “Houseplant Appreciation Day”. In honor of this little-known holiday, we wanted to take a closer look at the top ten houseplants that have the ability to naturally improve the air quality in your home.
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NASA’s analysis of indoor houseplants revealed that the Peace Lily was the most efficient at removing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, including formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Simply put it in a dark corner, give it water once a week and this little plant will help purify the air around that general area.

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