Back in 1989, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to find the most common indoor plants to detoxify the air in our homes. How toxic is our air? These are the most common toxins found in our home:
- Trichloroethylene: found in ink, paint, adhesives
- Formaldehyde: found in paper bags, waxed paper, facial tissue, paper towels, plywood paneling
- Benzene: found in plastics, resins, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, and pesticides
- Xylene: found in printing, rubber, leather, and paint industries, vehicle exhaust
- Ammonia: found in window cleaner, floor wax
- Trichloroethylene: dizziness, nausea, headache, vomiting, excitement
- Formaldehyde: irritation of nose, mouth, and throat, swelling of larynx and lungs
- Benzene: irritation to eyes, dizziness, drowsiness, increase in heart rate, headaches, confusion, can result in unconsiousness
- Xylene: dizziness, headache, irritation to mouth and throat, heart problems, liver and kidney damage, coma
- Ammonia: eye irritation, coughing, and sore throat
- Spider Plant: One of the easiest house plants to grow, it likes bright and indirect sunlight. Removes formaldehyde and xylene.
- Ficus/Weeping Fig: hardy plant that needs bright, indirect sunlight. Removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
- Peace Lily: Easy to grow flowering plant that grows best in shady areas. Removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene
- Snake Plant/Mother-In-Law’s Tongue: One of the hardest house plants to kill as it only needs to be watered occasionally. Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
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