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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with House Plants!

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with House Plants!

Household Plants Give New Meaning to “Going Green”

Improving indoor air quality is one of the hottest topics for homeowners today…for lots of reasons. These days, we spend more hours indoors than ever before. And as a result, we are subject to a growing array of toxins, pollutants, allergens and irritants…everything from carbon monoxide to pollen to cigarette smoke to chemicals. All of which can be harmful to your health (not to mention your furniture, floors and walls).

Today, our friend Mark Highland of West Chester, PA-based Organic Mechanics Soil appeared on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America to talk about how certain indoor plants can not only make your house look great, they can significantly improve your indoor air quality by actually drawing pollutants out of the air and replenishing with fresh, clean, breathable oxygen.

According to Mark, here are some common plants that you can find at your neighborhood florist or home store that are particularly good at improving indoor air quality:

  • Peace Lillies: Remove benzene, a chemical found in tobacco smoke.
  • Ferns: Removes toulene from the air, a chemical found in printer and copier inks and glues.
  • Anthuriums: Help remove the ammonia and other harmful chemicals produced by cleaning products from the air.
  • Dieffenbachia: Helps remove formaldehyde from the air. (Be careful — the leaves from these plants are poisonous to children and pets!).
  • Sansevieria: Remove acetone from the air, often found in nail polish, paints and paint removers.

One way that you can be sure that you’re getting an indoor-friendly plant is to look for the O2 For You label. These plants have been identified for their IAQ and oxygen-generating abilities.

Filling your house with these plants has other benefits. They’re inexpensive. They work better than many commercial air filters and indoor air quality products on the market. And they make your house look fantastic!