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Five Best Air Purifying House Plants


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NASA calls them “Nature’s Life Support System” and there’s good reason why. NASA scientists have been looking at ways to combat indoor air pollutants and found that certain house plants really help purify the air.

Although you can’t see the yucky stuff floating around your home or office, it’s there and it may cause you to experience headaches, dizziness, eye and nose irritation, and nausea.

Fortunately there’s an easy and relatively cheap way to help purify our inside environment – and best of all you don’t need a green thumb to do it. These five plants are great for cleaning the air and hardy enough to withstand an inefficient caretaker!

Spider Plant


Spider plants are easy to grow and and hard to kill! They love living in areas of indirect sunlight. NASA scientists looked at three common houseplants and their ability to remove formaldehyde from the air and the humble Spider Plant came out on top. It is also great for removing other toxins from the home.

Peace Lily

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Not only are Peace Lilies beautiful to look at, they also pack a powerful punch in removing contaminants such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia. Small enough to place on a side table, or dresser, just be sure to place your Peace Lily in a shady spot and don’t over water.

Dracaena


These beautiful plants come in forty different varieties and remove toxins such as xylene and trichloroethylene from the air. But pet owners beware – these plants are toxic to cats and dogs so if you share your home with a furry friend choose a different type of plant.

Snake Plant


The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue loves dry conditions with a little bit of sun. It is one of the hardiest plants, so perfect for houseplant novices. This perfect little houseplant doesn’t require frequent watering either. Experts suggest letting the top of the soil dry out a little between watering.

Chrysanthemum

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NASA scientists found this pretty little plant to be a champ when it came to purifying the air. This unassuming little gem is a miracle worker when it comes to removing ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from the air. Plus after it has finished blooming it can be replanted outside. Chrysanthemum’s love bright light and regular watering. For indoor plants make sure you choose a floral mum and not the garden variety, which do better planted outside.


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