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Plants That Purify: A Healthy Home With House Plants

Whether you have a home bursting at the seams with house plants or there's nary a leaf to be found in your home, there are some important things to consider when keeping plants in your home. I'm going to bring you a series of posts called Plants That Purify, which will introduce you to the top 15 houseplants for maintaining healthy indoor air quality in your home.

To learn about how to keep your home healthy with house plants, just

  • A NASA study that tested primarily for formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene (all, frighteningly, found in most standard cleaning, painting, and building materials), determined that house plants can reduce the level of these chemicals in your home.
  • For a home of under 2,000 square feet, the study recommends using at least fifteen samples of a good variety of these common houseplants to help improve air quality.
  • To reduce the humidity and mold issues that may be a problem with house plants, water only when necessary and cover the soil with stones or marbles.
  • Remember—some plants may be harmful to your pets. Keep those plants on bookshelves and tables, away from pooch's or kitty's curious tastebuds.
  • By that same token, some plants are also poisonous for people, too. If you have a toddler that likes to put everything in her mouth, use the same strategy and keep potentially toxic plants out of reach from little hands—or better yet, wait until the kids are older to acquire these plants.
  • Always keep a non-porous watering dish under your plant's pot. Porous dishes can transfer moisture onto your floor and stain or damage wood floors and carpets.


Phil Phil 9 years
I love plants! I think it's genetic since my mom has so many of them, mostly orchids of many different varieties. I don't have much though, a bromeliad, a dwarf redwood, an okupukupu fern, and the survivor of what was my mom's 30 year old peace lily (another air purifying plant!). I've tried to keep orchids, but those haven't lasted me :\
libs1dlab libs1dlab 9 years
I NEED to have plants - they are good for my head as well as the air in my home.
mbrown81 mbrown81 9 years
I love plants, I have about 15 or so that I have to get distributed back in the house now that it's cooling off again.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I want to have plants, but I never think of buying them when I'm at the nursery!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I was a plant killer. Over watering was a big problem! Now I have several low maintenance plants and they are getting huge and look great. I have had one for 3 years now, its a Dragon Palm tree. It's very pretty. I also have a very large spider plant and a beautiful new jade plant. Keep them in the vacinity of a window for sun light (but not TOO much!)and I water them once a week or so.
MSgirl MSgirl 9 years
I'm a plant killer too. I hope there's a lot about how to take care of these plants- how often to water and feed them, etc. I'd rather have no plants than fake ones!
Murple Murple 9 years
I'm a plant killer. I've tried keeping houseplants before, but they all die. The ficus lasted the longest, around 6 months.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I only have some kind of small tropical tree and some pothos. i had a croton which i loved b/c of the brightly colored leaves but i killed it somehow... not enough water, too much water..light? i dont know.
disa disa 9 years
this is great! will look forward to it
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
This'll be great. I'm looking forward to it!
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
I have around 30 indoor plants. My favorite is my Chinese Money Tree plant.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I loooove plants in my house too!!! I think I am going to get some more soon though... :D
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm all about the spider plant.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I blogged about this the other day. :)
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