Monday, January 7, 2013

10 Houseplants for Clean Air and Eco Kids

10 Houseplants for Clean Air

My two trips to Phipps Conservatory in the past month have put houseplants on my mind.  Houseplants are the natural answer for ridding our homes of many of the chemicals that are out-gassed from our carpet, furniture, and cleaning products. Some houseplants are better than others at removing chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia than others.  Below is a list, based on research done by NASA, of 10 of the most effective houseplants for filtering air.  Don't just stop at one.  NASA recommends 15 plants for a 1,800 square foot space to improve air quality. 

Plants at Phipps Conservatory
1. Peace Lily (Spathyphyllium)

2. Pot Mum

3. Red-edged dracaena

4, Golden Devil's Ivy or Pothos (Epipremnum)

5. Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law's Tongue (Sanseveria)

6. Warneck dracaena

7.  Gerbera Daisy

8. Lilyturf

9. Janet Craig dracaena

10. English Ivy

Flower at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

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DIY Herbal Shampoo Recipe
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 DIY Ballerina Foofa Hair Garland by Learning and Growing the Piwi Way


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  1. Thanks so much for featuring me! I love your blog, Will have to get some more pot plants!

    1. Thanks for sharing with us! I need more plants too! It would help if I could keep them alive!

  2. Thanks for featuring us, I love this link up

  3. Thanks for featuring us spinning wool too.

    1. I think it's so cool that you know how to do that!

  4. thanks for the feature! I shared the post on our FB page

  5. Great post about household plants!!! I will share it in an upcoming blog post :)

  6. Great post! I've been meaning to get some houseplants to help our air quality, but I needed to figure out which ones are best. Thanks for making it so easy! ;-)

  7. Taking care of houseplants is such a great activity for kids, and it's nice to know which plants help air quality the best. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

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  9. I've heard that it's very useful for house plants to speak to them. I have found some other ideas about how to grow them up with no problems:
    By the way, I followed you up with GFC, it'd be great if you follow me back.