It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that human beings in the U.S. spend the majority of their time indoors. Armed with that knowledge, it makes sense that we should try to make sure the air we breathe in the environments we spend the most time in is as good for us as possible, right?
Well, NASA thinks so, and they’re here to help with a handy graphic showing which houseplants do the best job of cleaning the air in your home. The ones listed do a good job of cleansing things like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air you breathe – all chemicals that can cause things like headaches, dizziness, eye irritation, and other common ailments you can catch in the house.
The study took about 27 years to complete, and the end result of Dr. B.C. Wolverton’s efforts tells us that the Florist’s Mum and the Peace Lily are the best plants to clean up the air in your home. NASA recommends that you keep 1 plant per 100 square feet of house.
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