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6 House Plants That Improve Air Quality According to NASA

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Feeling cooped up due to the outdoor temps? Well, one things for sure, breathing all the stuffing indoor air isn’t going to do you any favors. But what if you could improve while adding a little life to the room? Enter, this study from NASA.

In addition to the dangerous chemicals used to make carpets, couches, paint and dry wall, our homes can be filled with chemicals from everyday household items and products.Things like pressed wood, facial tissue, paper towels, plastic and rubber, to name a few, frequently contain traces of chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

NASA once partnered with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) to investigate which household best act as natural air purifiers and found 15 common that effectively improve . Based on ease-of-care, attainability, appearance and effectiveness, here are our top six air purifying plants.

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also known to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

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