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Best Air Filtering Plants According to NASA

Posted by Kevin Land on

Plants are great for cleaning your air, but don’t take our word for it, take NASA’s. 

In looking for efficient ways to clean the air aboard the International Space Station, NASA determined the most effective houseplants for air purification, and detailed their findings in the Clean Air Study. The plants they found that remove the most formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air include: Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Bamboo Palm, Golden Pothos, Spider Plant, and more. 

The Rapid City Journal recently put out a great article that not only lists plants from NASA’s study but also the describes the best way to grow and care for them. Most interesting was their advice on ‘root rot’ and how to avoid it, as getting the balance of water for plants is very tricky outside of a hydroponic system. 

For more information about these plants and how to care for them, check out the Rapid City Journal article and NASA’s Clean Air Study. Or for more info about how plants can filter your air, check out our Air Filtering Plants blog post or our Hydroponically Grown Plants update.

- Kevin Land, Team ADI

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  • Formaldehyde is very common in most modern environments, coming from chemical products, insulation and the like.
    It is a know human carcinogen and can cause irritation to your skin and eyes!
    Check out this site for more,

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  • Why does anyone care about removing formaldehyde from their air?

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