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Plants that clean the air in your home

With cold and flu season in full swing, what if you could help make your home or work space healthier – and looking top notch – by adding a bit of greenery?

Back in the late 1980s, NASA conducted a Clean Air Study that looked at how houseplants can be used to purify air, and how some can be more effective at doing so than others. More specifically, they looked at plants that rule the school when it comes to removing benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air – neat! Although the 80s seem like light years away, this study definitely still applies today.

So… why is this important? Well, you may not realize it, but our home and office spaces are chock-full of chemicals and toxins – many of which cause nasty symptoms like headaches, eye irritation and can make us sick. Think about it. Most of us spend a great deal of time indoors, so it makes a ton of sense to look into this a little more, right? Right.

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of air-purifying plants, this awesome infographic from Love Garden is a great place to start. Print this out, or better yet, save a tree and take a screenshot for reference. For some more ideas, we also love The Spruce for their selection of Top 10 Feng Shui Air-Purifying Plants.

And finally, keep this little tidbit in mind as you’re exploring the world of indoor plants. According to NASA research, having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space is a good rule of (green) thumb.

Whether it’s a Spider Plant or English Ivy, you’re sure to have some fun choosing a "little love" fern to love. And guess what? You’ll feel pretty great, too.