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KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – HOUSEPLANTS THAT CLEAN THE AIR

 

In 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 found in almost all indoor environments.


  •  Peace lilies, gerbera daisies and bamboo palms reduce levels of trichloroethylene, a chemical used in paints, adhesives, inks and varnishes. 

 

For an average home of less than 2,000 square feet, the study recommends using 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: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 10:30 AM by Dean's Team

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