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Plants to Purify Indoor Air

by Sasha Chinchar
Air Purifying Plants

It’s officially winter, which means much more of your time will be spent indoors. Without being able to open your windows to let in the fresh air, your home or office may start to feel stuffy and stale.

The fact is, with poor ventilation, indoor air can be filled with pollution and toxins. How can you improve air quality? Try adding some houseplants. It’s the easy, affordable and natural way of creating clean and breathable air this winter–plus, it’s NASA-approved!

Try these top air purifying plants that the scientists and NASA have found effective at cleaning indoor air.

Spider Plant

If you’re lacking a green thumb, taking on a houseplant might seem out of the question. Luckily, the Spider Plant is easy to care for and grow! Just keep it in indirect sunlight and take a deep breath while it filters any formaldehyde and xylene compounds out of the air.

Peace Lily

If you’re looking for a plant with a bit more visual appeal, try a Peace Lily. This plant can remove formaldehyde, ammonia, trichloroethylene and ammonia pollutants from the air. However, it does flower during the summer, which comes with pollen, which may not make it the best option if you are worried about allergies.

Garden Mum

One of the top air-purifying plants found by NASA is the common Garden Mum. You can find this plant at any garden store and use it indoors to rid your home of benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene. Another bonus is you can then plant it in your outdoor garden once winter passes!

Rubber Plant

If you’re looking for a tall plant to spruce up your office, try the rubber plant. It’s one of the top plants for removing formaldehyde. It’s also easy to care for, as it can survive with very little light and will do just fine in cooler temperatures.

Depending on how large the room is you may need more than one plant for the best results.

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