Scientists at NASA are pretty excited over these organic air cleaners. In a 1989 study they found certain plants eliminate formaldehyde which gets emitted by furniture, insulation, particle board, building materials, glues, clothing, dry cleaning materials and others. See additional information on that here.
Here are some of the top plants mentioned (just click on the plant name for pictures, pricing & ideas where can get them).:
- Boston Ferns (also eliminates xylene & benzene – from gasoline exhaust)
- Palm Trees: Dwarf Date (top eliminator), Bamboo, Areca, Lady or Parlor
- Rubber Tree and Janet Craig
- English Ivy
- Peace Lily (also removes benzene and some cleaning product chemicals) Note: These are not safe choice around small children or animals.
- Golden Pothos
- Florists’ Mum
- Gerbera Daisies
I’ve personally used Rubber Plants, Palms & Golden Pothos . All are super easy to grow and maintain. You can show off your green thumb just by watering them once a week and placing them in a little sunshine. They will thank you by cleaning your air and love to be given as gifts.
It is also recommended to place two “good sized” plants per 100 square feet of interior space (as you can see, I don’t always follow those recommendations). This should keep the air clean and keep the CO2 at a safe level as well. The bigger the leaf, the
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