More on that clean air!

A republication of a post from August 25th, 2012.
(It seemed a natural follow-on to Kelli’s guest post of yesterday.)
Just about the most fundamental requirement in life!

I subscribe to the Mother Nature Network website and recently in their ’round robin’ was this item, A Breath of Fresh Air.  It’s all about the role of plants inside the home for improving the quality of the air we breathe.  Thought, dear reader, that you would enjoy this.

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

Photo: ivama/Flickr

A breath of fresh air

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science furtherproving the science.  Want to see the best flowers? Just click through the buttons above to see all 15 plants. (Text: Julie Knapp)<

The image above is just one of 17, each with details of how they contribute to cleaner, less toxic, air. So don’t delay, click here and read all about them yourself.  Here’s an example of the presentation from picture number 16.

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzeneand trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.

Have a great day!

17 thoughts on “More on that clean air!

  1. Thank you Paul for this post and its links.. I clicked and was pleased to find I have some of the plants on the list.. I have around 6 mature Spider plants with babies hanging and a huge Aloe Vera which is probably 10 yrs old which I split off babies every now and again and give away.. I knew Spider plants were good for the air. But had no idea what they filtered out.. So very interesting to read up on all of the plants..
    A Big Thank you .. 🙂


  2. I have a peace lily and I love it. Beautiful glossy dark green foliage, and so easy to care for. Now that I know it’s an air purifier, I will have to go get a whole bunch more!


    1. You go for it, Kate! Can’t have you suffering with poor air! 😍 Depend on your writing skills too much! (Golly, that comes across as being rather selfish; didn’t intend it to be!)


  3. Great post Paul and important to improve the air indoor best possible.
    I have one thing to add, and the Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) are very poisonous to our pets, so take care with this one or keep it out of reach of the animals.


      1. I really like that plant and I had several years ago, but after I found out of this, I didn’t buy new ones. There are several plants, as are dangerous for our animals.


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