Our homes are filled with a variety of materials, including VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These are found in everyday objects like paint, plastic, adhesives, fabrics, and cleaners. In small amounts, these compounds may not noticeably affect the air quality for most people, but for those who spend large amounts of time indoors or who may have asthma or other breathing problems, these compounds can make indoor time undesirable. Even if you don’t notice poor air quality in your living space, increasing your air standards can bring positive results by removing toxins and pollutants from the air.
NASA researchers have developed a list of houseplants that most effectively rid your home of toxins to give your living space a more naturally pure air. The following list has been tested since the late 1980’s and have found to be the most effective at air filtering.
**NOTE: Several of these plants are known to be toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets. If you are a pet owner, check the toxicity of any plant before introducing it to your home.
Images courtesy of lovethegarden.com. Additional information may be obtained from the NASA guide entitled Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement.
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