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Best Indoor Plants for Excellent Home Air Quality

There are a wide array of toxic chemicals permeating in your home, such as formaldehyde, stove gas, paints, sealants, caulks, furniture finishes, as well as carpet and flooring glues. Indoor air pollutants are considered one of the most dangerous environmental risks to public health.

Stagnant indoor environments, such as homes and offices, allow pollutants to build up and remain within the space in greater amounts than humans should breathe in. “Sick building syndrome” can develop, causing headaches, nausea, dizziness, and ear, eye, and nose irritation.

Fortunately, an effective way to combat the presence of breathable pollutants is by having indoor plants. These plants purify air by absorbing particulates from the air and processes them into oxygen through photosynthesis.

The following are the best plants that provide great indoor air quality:

  • Boston Fern – This plant removes more formaldehyde compared to any other plant, as well as benzene and xylene. While they are relatively simple to maintain, the Boston Fern must remain moist and prefer high humidity and indirect light.
  • Peace Lily – A houseplant that is capable of blooming indoors and shady areas, the Peace Lily removes ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, and specific volatile organic compounds (VOC) that are emitted by cleaning products. Keep the soil most without overwatering.
  • Bamboo Palm – Removes formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Thrive in full sun or bright light.
  • Garden Mum – Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, garden mums can be planted outdoors once they’ve finished blooming. Removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.
  • Spider Plant - Considered one of the easiest houseplants to grow, they require bright and indirect sunlight. Removes formaldehyde and xylene effectively.
  • Snake Plant – Considered one of the most difficult plants to kill; however, they require occasional watering. Removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

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