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Unfortunately, the air in today’s homes, schools, and businesses are often found to be more polluted than the air we breathe when we’re outside. This pollution is caused not only by biological sources like mold and fungi, but also by synthetic building materials, finishes, and furnishings being used in homes. Even the use of personal-care products, cleaning supplies, and pesticides help add to this problem, and with Americans spending 90% of their time indoors, these facts sound pretty daunting.

Fortunately, there are ways that homeowners can improve the quality of their indoor air without spending tons of money. NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) conducted research on house plants in order to determine which, if any, could help aid in the removal of major indoor air pollutants. Their study found several plants that were actually quite effective in the removal of various indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides. Here are ten of the best plants to help filter your indoor air.

  • Peace Lily
  • Spider Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Moth Orchid
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Rubber Plant
  • Ficus Alii
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Lady Palm

Though these plants will be greatly beneficial to the improvement of your air, their ability to control indoor air pollution is not nearly as well established. Thus, it is important to remember that source control and adequate ventilation are the most effective solutions for problems with indoor air quality.

Also, always remeber before you bring any new plants or flowers into your home to check with your Veterinarian to make sure your new additions will not be harmful to your furry friends!