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Improve your indoor air quality with plants.

18 Best Plants For Cleaning The Air In Your House
According To NASA
Research shows that houseplants
deter illness, improve focus, and even help with the Big O — oxygen (what
the hell kind of botanical garden do you think this is?). Certain plants have
been proven to not just produce oxygen, but actually clean the air by removing
toxic vapors and chemicals. That’s why the eggheads over at NASA have
extensively researched this in order to identify which plants will give you the
cleanest breathing room.

Back in 1989 NASA released a Clean Air Study where they, with the
help of the Associated Contractors Of America (ALCA), determined then
best houseplants for your home. The research, which centers around chemicals
benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia. It found that
English Ivy, Peace Lilly, Florist’s Chrysanthemum, Red-Edged Dracaena, and the
popular Varigated Snake Plant were among the best options for cleaner air,
despite their arguably aggressive names. If those don’t strike your fancy, NASA
identified 13 additional plants (18 total), including the wicked awesome Boston
Fern. And you can get a good idea of what each plant looks like, as well
as what toxins they take care of, thanks to a handy infographic from Love The Garden.

The NASA recommends one potted plant
per 100 square feet of indoor space, which means that these house cleaners may
ironically give your kid a lot more dirt to spill. It’s also important to note
that many of these plants are toxic to many house pets, so be sure to check the
toxicity levels on your greenery before bringing your into the home.
No matter how many houseplants you buy, no one is going to breathe easy if
the cat is pushing up daisies.