How To: 12 NASA-Approved Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

12 NASA-Approved Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Back in the '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America did a study where they discovered which houseplants were the most effective in purifying the air in space facilities. Though you may not be living in a rocket ship, you can definitely benefit from having one or more of these plants in your home.

All of these indoor plants have been found to filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can come from paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, and other common household products.

Take note that some plants are easier to care for than others, and you should fully research the plant before taking them home, as some plants (such as the heartleaf philodoendron) can be toxic for pets or small children if accidentally consumed.

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