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Tips Household Air Toxins & The Plants That Clean Them


Star child
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(Image was taken by me at my local Garden Center down the street and is where I get most of my indoor plants)

Continuing on with indoor plants and all of their benefits, I was reading an article that was composed of 19 house plants that help clean the air. I am going to link that in as I received permission from the author to do so.

Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency that,
"n the last several years, a growing body
of scientific evidence has indicated that the
air within homes and other buildings can
be more seriously polluted than the
outdoor air in even the largest and most
industrialized cities. Other research
indicates that people spend approximately
90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for
many people, the risks to health may be
greater due to exposure to air pollution
indoors than outdoors."

The 3 most common household toxins are:
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene

Is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It evaporates quickly when exposed to air. It can also be absorbed through the skin. Cigarette smoke is one of the top sources of exposure to benzene. It is known to cause cancer, specifically leukemia and other cancers of blood cells.



Is also a colorless, flammable gas (at room temperature) and has a strong odor. It is found within many building materials and insulation; household products; preservatives used in medicines and cosmetics; dishwashing liquids and fabric softeners; and fertilizers and pesticides. It is a human carcinogen.



It is a non-flammable, colorless liquid with a somewhat sweet odor and sweet burning taste. It is mainly used as a solvent to remove grease; an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, and spot removers. It is also a human carcinogenic.


Now below the following information and link is to the 19 different houseplants that are effective in the removal of these toxins.

"All indoors plants (flowering or not) are
able to purify indoor air to some degree
through their normal photosynthesis
processes. But some were found to be
more beneficial than others in removing
harmful household toxins, even
removing 90% of chemicals in the
air in only twenty-four hours!"

So please check out this link below and see if you already have some of these beneficial plants like I do. I have 10 of the 19 on the list. How about you?


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