Indoor air – how clean is yours?

With winter months approaching, we will be spending more time indoors. Have you ever wondered how to reduce or even rid your home of indoor air pollution? What affects indoor air quality?

Granted, many of us have changed the cleaning chemicals we use, and many products for home improvements are ‘green’, reducing the VOC’s. But there are still many things that contribute to indoor air pollution, such as heaters, stoves and fireplaces, granite and marble, pressed wood products in cabinetry, flooring and furniture and carpeting. What else can be done to help dissipate these pollutants?

Good news: Houseplants reduce and even eliminate many of the pollutants found inside our homes. According to an article in Mother Earth News, here are the 15 best at reducing indoor air pollution:

  • Aloe
  • Spider Plant
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Snake Plant also known as ‘Mother-in-law’s tounge’ (Haha!)
  • Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dracaena (Warneck and Red-edged or Marginata)
  • Ficus Benjemina or Weeping Fig
  • Azelea
  • English Ivy (great if you live on a farm-filters airborne fecal matter particles!)
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Heart leafed Philodendron
  • Peace Lily (Tops on the list!)

Remember, some plants are poisonous, so if you have a cat, dog or child in the house, research your selection first to avoid an unpleasant call to poison control hotline! Here is a list of common houseplants that are considered SAFE by MNN!

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