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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.


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