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Green Thumb: Household Plants Clean Your Air

I love gardening, but when it comes to keeping house plants my thumb isn't very green.

After learning that common houseplants can help remove toxins from the air, I am going to try my hand at growing houseplants again. While this might not seem like rocket science, NASA performed some research on plants and their ability to absorb toxins, like formaldehyde, found in pressed wood, and benzene, found in glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents. You can fight indoor air pollution caused by these volatile organic compounds by keeping air purifying plants around your house. It is recommended that you have one plant for every 100 square feet of your living space.

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The top ten air purifying plants are:

  1. Areca Palm
  2. Reed Palm
  3. Dwarf Date Palm
  4. Boston Fern
  5. Janet Craig Dracaena
  6. English Ivy
  7. Australian Sword Fern
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Rubber Plant
  10. Weeping Fig

I am curious if you have any of these houseplants. Let me know in the comments section below.


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