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10 Houseplants That Clean the Air

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10 Houseplants That Clean the Air

Indoor air quality has become a real problem. Indoor air often contains formaldehyde from carpets and adhesives, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, petrochemicals from fragrances, and a laundry list of chemicals from fabric softeners. While it’s always important to let some fresh air in, research by NASA found that many houseplants are capable of reducing harmful toxins in the air, such as: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE), toluene, and more.

Benzene is a cancer-causing agent found in many glues, solvents, paints, and art supplies. Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing agent that off-gases from furniture and carpets. Trichloroethylene is a solvent used with metal parts, dry cleaning, paints and paint remover. Toluene is found in nail polish and nail polish remover as well as foam.

Here are some of the best air-purifying houseplants and the toxins they are most effective at reducing:

1. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii)—benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE)

2. Chrysanthemums or mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE (the most effective plant against TCE according to NASA)

3. Common Ivy or English Ivy (Hedera helix)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE, toluene, octane, terpene (the most effective plant against benzene according to NASA)

Keep reading to discover the most effective plant against cancer-causing formaldehyde…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

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10:34AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

great article, thanks

7:31PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Nice. I love having plants in my home.

5:44PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Thanks. Great Article. I love Spider plants.

4:24AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Thank you !

3:09AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Interesting and helpful information. Thankyou :)

4:24AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Thanks

2:41PM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Thanks

9:56AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

I've got several of these - I love houseplants

6:03AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

thanks

8:51PM PST on Nov 17, 2013

Thank you for posting this

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