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10 House Plants You Can Use As Air Purifiers

By Danny Mitchell Ashton

Did you know there is another approach to cleaning up the air inside your house?

It turns out that ordinary houseplants can purify the air, even cleaning such bad boys as formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene from the air. Houseplants even cut down drastically on airborne microbes. Here are 10 common houseplants that can beautify your home and clean up indoor air pollution.

1. Chrysanthemums have been shown to remove the dangerous compound benzene from the air. Keep in mind that chrysanthemum is poisonous when ingested or when it comes into prolonged skin contact.

2. Aloe vera is a plant that plenty of households already have in their kitchen window due to their ability to effectively cool cooking burns. It is also quite effective at eliminating formaldehyde from the air.

3. Boston ferns are the most effective houseplants for removing formaldehyde. They're also good for soil, removing heavy metals like mercury and arsenic. This very common houseplant is not only beautiful, but healthy as well!

4. Areca palm trees are the best overall air purifying plant out there, according to studies by no less a scientific body than NASA. It's also a terrific air humidifier. In fact, it's such a great humidifier, it can eliminate the need for an electric one in the room where it lives.

5. Rubber plants provide moisture, get rid of bio effluents and volatile organic compounds, and even suppress airborne microorganisms. And the best part is its cleansing properties actually improve over time due to special bacteria within the leaves that "eat" microorganisms.

6. Peace lilies are not only easy to care for, they are great all around air purifiers.

7. Spider plants are great at removing carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide from the air, bringing levels to near zero after only 24 hours. And readily make "baby" spider plants too.

8. Snake plants, also known as "mother-in-law tongue" plants not only eliminate toxins from the air readily, they also grow where others won't, from hot window ledges to dark areas.

9. Lady palms can live in a wide range of conditions, and is very insect-resistant. It's a great all-around purifier, but is not tops at removing formaldehyde, so if that is a concern, add a Boston fern or two.

10. Bamboo palms are highly rated by NASA for all around air purification, and are good at removing formaldehyde. They require lots of room, however, so place them carefully.

Air purifiers are a big business these days. As people become more energy conscious, they do what they can to eliminate drafts in their homes and offices. While this definitely holds the heated (or cooled) air in better, it can result in high levels of indoor air pollutants, particularly when new carpet or furniture is brought in. However by using the right plants, you can help to keep your home air clean.

If you like this article then feel free to share it with others. Way too many people are wasting time reading air purifier reviews when they could just buy a couple of house plants to clean their household air.

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