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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY WITH COMMON HOUSEPLANTS
Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesIn the late 1980s, a study done by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) revealed that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants help purify the air. In fact, at least a dozen common tropical indoor plants have been found to provide an attractive low-cost solution to reducing certain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in almost all indoor environments.
  • English ivy, gerbera daisies, pot mums, peace lilies, bamboo palms and mother-in-law's tongue lower benzene levels, a common solvent found in oils and paints.
  • Peace lilies, gerbera daisies and bamboo palms reduce levels of trichloroethylene, a chemical used in paints, adhesives, inks and varnishes.
  • Bamboo palm, mother-in-law's tongue, Dracaena ‘Warneckei', Dracaena ‘Marginata', peace lilies, golden pothos and green spider plants filter formaldehyde exposure, a chemical used in building materials such as particle board and foam insulations, as well as in many cleaning products.

For an average home of less than 2,000 square feet, the study recommends using at least a variety of at least 15 of these common houseplants to help clear the air of environmental toxins. For best results, the plants should be grown in 6-inch containers or larger.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 10:51 PM by Dean's Team

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