Odds are you have seen many air filters on the market that make claims about pulling various chemicals or particles out of your air.
While there are some good ones out there, many are not worth the money and don’t do very much for you.
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The most effective natural options which are also quite a bit more affordable for air filtration are houseplants!
NASA did a large study looking at which houseplants are more effective at filtering out toxic chemicals commonly found in homes.
Their ‘Clean Air Study’ identified 18 houseplants that are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air.
These 5 chemicals are commonly found in most homes (especially the first 3) in various concentrations and linked to many negative health effects.
One quick tip: Always have your windows open whenever possible to allow as much fresh air in as you can!!
Indoor air ALWAYS tests higher in pollutants & chemicals than outdoor air because many of the things in our homes (furniture, drywall, cabinets, flooring, etc.) outgas various man made chemicals (like the ones mentioned above).
I highly urge you to go out and pick up some house plants! Their benefits go far beyond air filtration!
I personally love house having living plants in my environment and have 25+ in my relatively small home.
In addition to cleaning your air, having plants in your environment has been shown to boost levels of happiness, make you more mindful, and even help you stay more calm and focused.
It’s amazing how much a few plants can do to enhance your living space.
The bottom line is that houseplants are an affordable and effective way to make your home a healthier place to live.
So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy some of the plants on this list and be sure to give them adequate water and plenty of good energy so they can grow and thrive alongside you!
Here are the 18 plants that NASA identified to filter out harmful chemicals and naturally clean your air. Take this infographic to your local nursery or home improvement store and load up on however many you can! More the merrier!